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Memory Texts:
From the Bible:
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
From the Spirit of Prophecy
“Jesus alone could give security to God; for He was equal to God. He alone could be a mediator
between God and man; for He possessed divinity and humanity.”—The Review and Herald,
April 3, 1894.

Personal Review Questions
A. How can we identify the prophets that have a genuine message from God?
B. Describe the meaning of the ram and the goat.
C. Explain the differences between “great,” “very great,” and “exceeding great” in reference
to this prophecy.
D. What earthly power has sought to counterfeit the work of Jesus in the heavenly
sanctuary?
E. What event should we be able to see by faith at the termination of the 2300 days?

Spirit of Prophecy Reading:
The Desire of Ages, pp. 435–439.
When Jesus told them that He was to be put to death and to rise again, He was trying to draw
them into conversation in regard to the great test of their faith. Had they been ready to receive
what He desired to make known to them, they would have been saved bitter anguish and
despair. His words would have brought consolation in the hour of bereavement and
disappointment. But although He had spoken so plainly of what awaited Him, His mention of the
fact that He was soon to go to Jerusalem again kindled their hope that the kingdom was about
to be set up. This had led to questioning as to who should fill the highest offices. On Peter's
return from the sea, the disciples told him of the Saviour's question, and at last one ventured to
ask Jesus, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" {DA 435.1}
The Saviour gathered His disciples about Him, and said to them, "If any man desire to be first,
the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." There was in these words a solemnity and
impressiveness which the disciples were far from comprehending. That which Christ discerned
they could not see. They did not understand the nature of Christ's kingdom, and this ignorance
was the apparent cause of their contention. But the real cause lay deeper. By explaining the
nature of the kingdom, Christ might for the time have quelled their strife; but this would not have
touched the underlying cause. Even after they had received the fullest knowledge, any question
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of precedence might have renewed the trouble. Thus disaster would have been brought to the
church after Christ's departure. The strife for the highest place was the outworking of that same
spirit which was the beginning of the great controversy in the worlds above, and which had
brought Christ from heaven to die. There rose up before Him a vision of Lucifer, the "son of the
morning," in glory surpassing all the angels that surround the throne, and united in closest ties
to the Son of God. Lucifer had said, "I will be like the Most High" (Isa. 14:12, 14); and the desire
for self-exaltation had brought strife into the heavenly courts, and had banished a multitude of
the hosts of God. Had Lucifer really desired to be like the Most High, he would never have
deserted his appointed place in heaven; for the spirit of the Most High is manifested in unselfish
ministry. Lucifer desired God's power, but not His character. He sought for himself the highest
place, and every being who is actuated by his spirit will do the same. Thus alienation, discord,
and strife will be inevitable. Dominion becomes the prize of the strongest. The kingdom of Satan
is a kingdom of force; every individual regards every other as an obstacle in the way of his own
advancement, or a steppingstone on which he himself may climb to a higher place. {DA 435.2}
While Lucifer counted it a thing to be grasped to be equal with God, Christ, the Exalted One,
"made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the
likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Phil. 2:7, 8. Now the cross was just before
Him; and His own disciples were so filled with self-seeking--the very principle of Satan's
kingdom--that they could not enter into sympathy with their Lord, or even understand Him as He
spoke of His humiliation for them. {DA 436.1}
Very tenderly, yet with solemn emphasis, Jesus tried to correct the evil. He showed what is the
principle that bears sway in the kingdom of heaven, and in what true greatness consists, as
estimated by the standard of the courts above. Those who were actuated by pride and love of
distinction were thinking of themselves, and of the rewards they were to have, rather than how
they were to render back to God the gifts they had received. They would have no place in the
kingdom of heaven, for they were identified with the ranks of Satan. {DA 436.2}
Before honor is humility. To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who, like
John the Baptist, takes a lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient
in labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can co-operate with him who is seeking, not to exalt
self, but to save souls. He who feels most deeply his need of divine aid will plead for it; and the
Holy Spirit will give unto him glimpses of Jesus that will strengthen and uplift the soul. From
communion with Christ he will go forth to work for those who are perishing in their sins. He is
anointed for his mission; and he succeeds where many of the learned and intellectually wise
would fail. {DA 436.3}
But when men exalt themselves, feeling that they are a necessity for the success of God's great
plan, the Lord causes them to be set aside. It is made evident that the Lord is not dependent
upon them. The work does not stop because of their removal from it, but goes forward with
greater power. {DA 436.4}
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It was not enough for the disciples of Jesus to be instructed as to the nature of His kingdom.
What they needed was a change of heart that would bring them into harmony with its principles.
Calling a little child to Him, Jesus set him in the midst of them; then tenderly folding the little one
in His arms He said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven." The simplicity, the self-forgetfulness, and the confiding love of a
little child are the attributes that Heaven values. These are the characteristics of real greatness.
{DA 437.1}
Again Jesus explained to the disciples that His kingdom is not characterized by earthly dignity
and display. At the feet of Jesus all these distinctions are forgotten. The rich and the poor, the
learned and the ignorant, meet together, with no thought of caste or worldly preeminence. All
meet as blood-bought souls, alike dependent upon One who has redeemed them to God. {DA
437.2}
The sincere, contrite soul is precious in the sight of God. He places His own signet upon men,
not by their rank, not by their wealth, not by their intellectual greatness, but by their oneness
with Christ. The Lord of glory is satisfied with those who are meek and lowly in heart. "Thou hast
also given me," said David, "the shield of Thy salvation: . . . and Thy gentleness"--as an element
in the human character--"hath made me great." Ps. 18:35. {DA 437.3}
"Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name," said Jesus, "receiveth Me: and
whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me." "Thus saith the Lord, The
heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: . . . but to this man will I look, even to him
that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word." Isa. 66:1, 2. {DA 437.4}
The Saviour's words awakened in the disciples a feeling of self-distrust. No one had been
specially pointed out in the reply; but John was led to question whether in one case his action
had been right. With the spirit of a child he laid the matter before Jesus. "Master," he said, "we
saw one casting out devils in Thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because
he followeth not us." {DA 437.5}
James and John had thought that in checking this man they had had in view their Lord's honor;
they began to see that they were jealous for their own. They acknowledged their error, and
accepted the reproof of Jesus, "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in
My name, that can lightly speak evil of Me." None who showed themselves in any way friendly
to Christ were to be repulsed. There were many who had been deeply moved by the character
and the work of Christ, and whose hearts were opening to Him in faith; and the disciples, who
could not read motives, must be careful not to discourage these souls. When Jesus was no
longer personally among them, and the work was left in their hands, they must not indulge a
narrow, exclusive spirit, but manifest the same far-reaching sympathy which they had seen in
their Master. {DA 437.6}
The fact that one does not in all things conform to our personal ideas or opinions will not justify
us in forbidding him to labor for God. Christ is the Great Teacher; we are not to judge or to
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command, but in humility each is to sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn of Him. Every soul whom
God has made willing is a channel through which Christ will reveal His pardoning love. How
careful we should be lest we discourage one of God's light bearers, and thus intercept the rays
that He would have shine to the world! {DA 438.1}
Harshness or coldness shown by a disciple toward one whom Christ was drawing--such an act
as that of John in forbidding one to work miracles in Christ's name--might result in turning the
feet into the path of the enemy, and causing the loss of a soul. Rather than for one to do this,
said Jesus, "it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast
into the sea." And He added, "If thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to
enter into life maimed, rather than having thy two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable
fire. And if thy foot cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life halt, rather
than having thy two feet to be cast into hell." Mark 9:43-45, R. V. {DA 438.2}
Why this earnest language, than which none can be stronger? Because "the Son of man is
come to save that which was lost." Shall His disciples show less regard for the souls of their
fellow men than the Majesty of heaven has shown? Every soul has cost an infinite price, and
how terrible is the sin of turning one soul away from Christ, so that for him the Saviour's love
and humiliation and agony shall have been in vain. {DA 438.3}
"Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions
come." Matt. 18:7, R. V. The world, inspired by Satan, will surely oppose the followers of Christ,
and seek to destroy their faith; but woe to him who has taken Christ's name, and yet is found
doing this work. Our Lord is put to shame by those who claim to serve Him, but who
misrepresent His character; and multitudes are deceived, and led into false paths. {DA 438.4}
Any habit or practice that would lead into sin, and bring dishonor upon Christ, would better be
put away, whatever the sacrifice. That which dishonors God cannot benefit the soul. The
blessing of heaven cannot attend any man in violating the eternal principles of right. And one sin
cherished is sufficient to work the degradation of the character, and to mislead others. If the foot
or the hand would be cut off, or even the eye would be plucked out, to save the body from
death, how much more earnest should we be to put away sin, that brings death to the soul! {DA
439.1}
In the ritual service, salt was added to every sacrifice. This, like the offering of incense, signified
that only the righteousness of Christ could make the service acceptable to God. Referring to this
practice, Jesus said, "Every sacrifice shall be salted with salt." "Have salt in yourselves, and
have peace one with another." All who would present themselves "a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God" (Rom. 12:1), must receive the saving salt, the righteousness of our
Saviour. Then they become "the salt of the earth," restraining evil among men, as salt preserves
from corruption. Matt. 5:13. But if the salt has lost its savor; if there is only a profession of
godliness, without the love of Christ, there is no power for good. The life can exert no saving
influence upon the world. Your energy and efficiency in the upbuilding of My kingdom, Jesus
says, depend upon your receiving of My Spirit. You must be partakers of My grace, in order to
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be a savor of life unto life. Then there will be no rivalry, no self-seeking, no desire for the highest
place. You will have that love which seeks not her own, but another's wealth. {DA 439.2}
Let the repenting sinner fix his eyes upon "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world" (John 1:29); and by beholding, he becomes changed. His fear is turned to joy, his doubts
to hope. Gratitude springs up. The stony heart is broken. A tide of love sweeps into the soul.
Christ is in him a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. When we see Jesus, a Man of
Sorrows and acquainted with grief, working to save the lost, slighted, scorned, derided, driven
from city to city till His mission was accomplished; when we behold Him in Gethsemane,
sweating great drops of blood, and on the cross dying in agony,--when we see this, self will no
longer clamor to be recognized. Looking unto Jesus, we shall be ashamed of our coldness, our
lethargy, our self-seeking. We shall be willing to be anything or nothing, so that we may do heart
service for the Master. We shall rejoice to bear the cross after Jesus, to endure trial, shame, or
persecution for His dear sake. {DA 439.3}
1. Name one method by which God reveals His will to men and women. Numbers 12:6.
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make
myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. (Numbers 12:6
KJV)
“Dreams from the Lord are classed in the word of God with visions and are as truly the fruits of
the spirit of prophecy as visions. Such dreams, taking into the account the persons who have
them and the circumstances under which they are given, contain their own proofs of their
genuineness.”—Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 569, 570.
2. What warnings are given against false prophets, and what protective measures must
the church adopt today? Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Romans 16:17; 1 John 4:1.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a
wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying,
Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt
not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD
your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart
and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his
commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
(Deuteronomy 13:1-4 KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to
the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because
many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 KJV)
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“The Spirit was not given—nor can it ever be bestowed—to supersede the Bible; for the
Scriptures explicitly state that the word of God is the standard by which all teaching and
experience must be tested.”—The Great Controversy, p. vii.
“The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works
in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to
distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and
every miracle must be tested.”—Ibid., p. 593.
3. What does the great ram in Daniel 8 symbolize, and how was that prophecy fulfilled?
Daniel 8:3, 4, 20; Esther 1:1, 3.
Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which
had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the
higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so
that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his
hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. (Daniel 8:3-4 KJV)
The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. (Daniel
8:20 KJV)
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from
India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) (Esther 1:1
KJV)
In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the
power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:
(Esther 1:3 KJV)
4. What does the “very great” goat symbolize, and how was that fulfilled? Daniel 8:5-8,
21, 22.
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the
whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his
eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the
river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram,
and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns:
and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the
ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his
hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn
was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
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And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is
the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall
stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. (Daniel 8:21-22 KJV)
“Every nation that has come upon the stage of action has been permitted to occupy its place on
the earth, that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of ‘the Watcher and the Holy
One.’ Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world’s great empires—Babylon, Medo-Persia,
Greece, and Rome. With each of these, as with nations of less power, history repeated itself.
Each had its period of test, each failed, its glory faded, its power departed, and its place was
occupied by another.”—Education, pp. 176, 177.
5. What should we consider about the reasons why men such as Alexander the Great
and Julius Caesar fell from power? Ecclesiastes 10:17; Luke 14:11.
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due
season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! (Ecclesiastes 10:17 KJV)
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
exalted. (Luke 14:11 KJV)
“Alexander found it much easier to subdue kingdoms than to rule his own spirit. After conquering
nations, this so-called great man fell through the indulgence of appetite—a victim of
intemperance.”—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 29.
“The man or woman who preserves the balance of the mind when tempted to indulge passion
stands higher in the sight of God and heavenly angels than the most renowned general that
ever led an army to battle and to victory. Said a celebrated emperor when on his dying bed,
‘Among all my conquests there is but one which affords me any consolation now, and that is the
conquest I have gained over my own turbulent temper.’ Alexander and Caesar found it easier to
subdue a world than to subdue themselves. After conquering nation after nation, they fell—one
of them ‘the victim of intemperance, the other of mad ambition.’”—Child Guidance, pp. 95, 96.
“God calls upon you to yield pride and stubbornness, and to let His peace rule in your hearts. A
meek and quiet spirit must be cherished. Carry Christ’s meekness with you in all your labors.”—
Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 348.
6. What does the mighty little horn represent, and how was that fulfilled? Daniel 7:8; 8:912; Revelation 13:1-3.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn,
before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in
this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8
KJV)
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And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the
south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the
host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and
stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him
the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an
host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast
down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. (Daniel 8:9-12 KJV)
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having
seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the
name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were
as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his
power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded
to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
(Revelation 13:1-3 KJV)
“This prophecy [of Revelation 13:1-10], which is nearly identical with the description of the little
horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the papacy.”—The Great Controversy, p. 439.
“The crown removed from Israel passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia,
Greece, and Rome. God says, ‘It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will
give it Him’ (Ezekiel 21:27).”—Education, p. 179.
7. How are the expressions “great,” “very great,” and “exceeding great” used in a
comparison between three political powers? Daniel 8:4, 8, 9.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might
stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did
according to his will, and became great. (Daniel 8:4 KJV)
Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was
broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of
one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and
toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. (Daniel 8:8-9 KJV)
8. Through Bible symbols, to what is Daniel 8:10 referring? Revelation 1:13, 16, 20; 2:1.
And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of
the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. (Daniel 8:10 KJV)
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a
garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. (Revelation 1:13
KJV)
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And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged
sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (Revelation 1:16
KJV)
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven
golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the
seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:20 KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the
seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
(Revelation 2:1 KJV)
“[Revelation 2:1 quoted.] These words are spoken to the teachers in the church—those
entrusted by God with weighty responsibilities. The sweet influences that are to be abundant in
the church are bound up with God’s ministers, who are to reveal the love of Christ. The stars of
heaven are under His control. He fills them with light. He guides and directs their movements. If
He did not do this, they would become fallen stars. So with His ministers. They are but
instruments in His hands, and all the good they accomplish is done through His power. . . . If
they will look to Him as He looked to the Father they will be enabled to do His work.”—The Acts
of the Apostles, pp. 586, 587.
“[When John the Revelator was given a vision of his Lord,] how changed is the Saviour’s
appearance! He is no longer ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’ (Isaiah 53:3). He
bears no marks of His humiliation. His eyes are like a flame of fire; His feet like fine brass, as it
glows in a furnace. The tones of His voice are like the musical sound of many waters. His
countenance shines like the sun in its meridian glory. In His hand are seven stars, representing
the ministers of the churches. Out of His mouth issues a sharp, two-edged sword, an emblem of
the power of His word.”—The Sanctified Life, pp. 77, 78.
9. Who is the Prince of the host, and how did the little horn magnify itself against Him?
Daniel 8:11, 25; Revelation 19:16; 17:14.
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice
was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. (Daniel 8:11 KJV)
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall
magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up
against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25 KJV)
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD
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These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord
of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
faithful. (Revelation 17:14 KJV)
“The line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the
dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth. The dragon is said to be Satan (Revelation
12:9); he it was that moved upon Herod to put the Saviour to death. But the chief agent of Satan
in making war upon Christ and His people during the first centuries of the Christian Era was the
Roman Empire, in which paganism was the prevailing religion. Thus while the dragon, primarily,
represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome.”—The Great
Controversy, p. 438.
“Jesus loves His children, even if they err. They belong to Jesus and we are to treat them as the
purchase of the blood of Jesus Christ. Any unreasonable course pursued toward them is written
in the books as against Jesus Christ.”—Selected Messages, bk. 3, p. 195.
10. What ministry did Jesus enter upon when He took His place in the heavenly
sanctuary? Hebrews 3:1; 8:1, 2; 9:24.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and
High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (Hebrews 3:1 KJV)
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest,
who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the
sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. (Hebrews 8:12 KJV)
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of
the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (Hebrews
9:24 KJV)
“Jesus is our Advocate, our High Priest, our Intercessor.”—Lift Him Up, p. 319.
11. After the fall of imperial Rome, how did the papacy transfer the intercessory
ministration of the heavenly sanctuary to its own institutions on earth? 2
Thessalonians 2:3, 4. Why is this change unacceptable? John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a
falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth
and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)
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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1
Timothy 2:5 KJV)
“In His intercession as our Advocate Christ needs no man’s virtue, no man’s intercession. Christ
is the only sin bearer, the only sin-offering. Prayer and confession are to be offered only to Him
who has entered once for all into the most Holy Place.”—Ibid., p. 319.
“Priests and rulers have no right to interpose between Christ and the souls for whom He has
died, as though invested with the Saviour’s attributes, and able to pardon transgression and sin.
They themselves are sinners. They are only human.”—The Faith I Live By, p. 105.
12. How does Daniel’s prophecy foretell that the daily ministration of Christ in the
heavenly sanctuary would be hidden and marred? Daniel 8:11, 12.
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice
was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given
him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to
the ground; and it practised, and prospered. (Daniel 8:11-12 KJV)
“I saw in relation to the ‘daily’ (Daniel 8:12) that the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man's
wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those
who gave the judgment hour cry.”—Early Writings, pp. 74, 75.
13. How long would this apostasy be allowed to continue overshadowing Christ’s atoning
ministration in heaven? Daniel 8:13, 14.
Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which
spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression
of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he
said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed. (Daniel 8:13-14 KJV)
“As our Mediator, Christ works incessantly. Whether men receive or reject Him, He works
earnestly for them. He grants them life and light, striving by His Spirit to win them from Satan’s
service. And while the Saviour works, Satan also works, with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness, and with unflagging energy. But victory will never be his.”—The Review and
Herald, March 12, 1901.
14. What can we understand when we know the beginning and the end of the 2300 days?
Isaiah 43:25; Revelation 14:6, 7.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25 KJV)
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And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to
preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue,
and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his
judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the
fountains of waters. (Revelation 14:6-7 KJV)

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