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Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 40:9
Dear Brothers and Sisters, This newsletter has been compiled together to bring glad tidings which can be received by all who hearken unto the voice of the LORD within His Word. It has been produced with the purpose of offering the readers to come into the knowledge of Present Truth. As Sister White tells us; “There are many precious truths in the Word of God but it is the Present Truth that the flock needs now.” {EW 63}. What is Present Truth? In every generation God raises a prophet, for us, Sister Ellen. G. White, to warn the people with a message for that time, we, the final generation, have been given by God, the last message of love and mercy. The message of Present Truth is the Third Angels Message, together with the first two, and this coincides with Daniel 11:40-45, which will be proven herein. It is now within ourselves to prayerfully read and study through the plain testimony stored in these pages and to learn what it is we should know in our time of this world’s history to prepare us for time and eternity. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will illumine your hearts and minds as you take time to view the light given, and in doing so, accomplish a much more rooted, grounded understanding of what Bible prophecy means to both

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you and I, and therefore be of one mind and one accord as Christ Jesus, thus revealing His perfect character, in His infinite name. Amen.

MR No. 1322 - Fragments
The Work of God's Servants. God's true servants will not be ashamed of the banner of truth, however unpopular it may be. They will not hold their peace from proclaiming the truth in all places. Throughout the world they will herald the glad tidings of salvation. They will be missionaries for God, for the truth's sake facing danger, enduring privation, suffering reproach. {18MR 137.1} The third angel is represented as flying swiftly through the midst of heaven, proclaiming his message with a loud voice. This representation symbolizes the work of God's agencies near the end of time. With joyful countenances and uplifted heads, with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness shining upon them, with rejoicing that their redemption draweth nigh, they go forth as soldiers of the cross. {18MR 137.2} They make it manifested that they have tasted the power of the world to come, that they are not standing on sliding sand, but on the solid Rock, that they cannot be easily moved away from the faith once delivered to the saints. They are strengthened by their Leader to cope with difficulty, and are messengers of righteousness, representing Christ and revealing the triumphs of His grace. {18MR 137.3} There are men and women of refinement and education who will throw the whole weight of their influence on the Lord's side, who, ignoring worldly interests and parting with friends, will go forth to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ. Their lives show the world that in Christianity there is a power that exalts the character in righteousness and true holiness. Through them the gospel is seen to be the power of God unto salvation. {18MR 137.4}

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Firstly, we shall study what the term ‘Tidings’ means? And, also, more importantly, why do we need to understand this? In the Word of God, there are many instances in which the Lord has spoken this specific word. However, the meaning is altered to suit the individual condition in question. For example, there can be either good, glad tidings or bad, evil tidings, although, not in every circumstance, is it distinctively clear, whether the tidings spoken of are good or evil as the verse will not have the word ‘good’ or ‘evil’ in front of the word ‘tidings’, therefore the order and format of the Scripture must be closely evaluated, so as to conclude what God would have us understand. When we look into the Bible, we will learn what the Lord has made available to us; to study by hearing and obeying the Spirit of Truth. To conduct a word study on ‘tidings’ by the use of a concordance, such as, Strong’s, Brown Driver Brigg’s (BDB), Lexicon, and so forth, unless otherwise stated, all results will be shown where the word is in the Bible. Tidings can be found 41 times in the King James Version Bible, (with use of Strong’s), however, I will only provide a selected number in this topic of study. Also, I would like to point out that the use of Cruden’s Concordance was made applicable within this particular study, to learn the definition of what is truth and what is error, and to decipher from that which is good and that which is evil, related to ‘tidings’. The following examples have been taken from:- Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments, Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries and Brown Driver Brigg’s Dictionary (BDB). We find the first example in: Genesis 29:13 - And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidingsH8088 of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
H8000 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

An Understanding of ‘Tidings’ In the Bible

H8088

‫ שמע‬shema` (shay'-mah) n-m. ַ ֵ
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1. something heard, i.e. a sound, rumor, announcement 2. abstractly, audience [from H8085]
KJV: bruit, fame, hear(-ing), loud, report, speech, tidings. Root(s):

H8085

This is an appropriate illustration, in accordance to the above paragraph explaining the two different ways in which the word tidings can be used, whether good or evil, and where to place one or the other, if not clearly identified. Here the term is used to represent ‘good news’, as it is clear from the complete context of the structured sentence. Also we must read and study a few verses before and after the main verse, it may require even studying the whole chapter or book, to come to an understanding of what is written for our learning and admonition. As a second witness, for the example of ‘good’ tidings and the same pattern in order to distinguish what type of tidings heretofore is present, we can also consider: Daniel 11:44 – But tidingsH8052 out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
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H8052
(Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

‫ שמועה‬shmuw`ah (sehm-oo-aw') n-f. ָּ ׁ ְ

1. something heard, i.e. an announcement [feminine passive participle of H8074]
KJV: bruit, doctrine, fame, mentioned, news, report, rumor, tidings. Root(s): H8074

The above is a specific verse found in the book of Daniel it is a key verse, with special interest to the time of which we are now living. And it has a prophetic application and relation in the final stages of events which are unfolding before us.

What These ‘Tidings’ Mean To Us?
The books of Daniel and Revelation should be fervently studied by those who are waiting for the Lord’s return, as they contain the very words which are necessary for our eternal salvation. How can it be proved that Daniel 11:44 is ‘good’ tidings? Also, if this is true, what do they mean to us? There will be more emphasis given on verse 44 of Daniel 11, and connected texts, as from verse 40 to 45 reveals the time of end, which will all be bought to our attention as we proceed.

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The second example is provided from the Cruden’s Concordance which gives this portion of Scripture for tidings, and again, without making it apparent from the offset if it is good or evil, however we will see that once the verse continues onward it does explain itself for us in detail that this in fact speaking of evil tidings. 1 Samuel 4:19 - And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidingsH8052 that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
H8052 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

H8052 ‫ שמועה‬shemû‛âh shem-oo-aw' Feminine passive participle of H8074; something heard, that is, an announcement: bruit, doctrine, fame, mentioned, news, report, rumor, tidings.

Further Scripture evidence for the word ‘tidings’ and its significance: We will now exegesis tidings in the fashion of the word good or glad and bad or evil presented first, preceding the word tidings. Good/Glad Tidings: 1) 2 Samuel 4:10 - When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidingsH1319, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: (Note: Even though we can see the words ‘good tidings’ indicated here, the verse speaks of evil tidings in actuality)
H1319 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

H1319 ‫ בשר‬bâśar baw-sar' A primitive root; properly to be fresh, that is, full (rosy, figuratively cheerful); to announce (glad news): - messenger, preach, publish, shew forth, (bear, bring, carry, preach, good, tell good) tidings.

2) Romans 10:15 - And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidingsG2097 of good things! (Cruden’s Concordance Reference)

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(In this text the ‘good tiding’ does in fact mean ‘good’, as opposed to the earlier example)
G2097 (Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

G2097 εὐ αγγελίζω euaggelizō yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).

There are many more findings in the Bible where good or glad tidings are mentioned. Below is a list of all of the other distinctive texts: Good Tidings: 2 Samuel 18:27, 1 Kings 1:42, 2 Kings 7:9, Isaiah 40:9, Isaiah 41:27, Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah 61:1, Nahum 1:15, Luke 2:10, Romans 10:15, 1 Thessalonians 3:6 Glad Tidings: Jeremiah 20:15, Luke 1:19, Luke 8:1, Act 13:32
H1309 ‫ בשרה / בשורה‬beśôrâh BDB Definition: 1) news, good news, tidings, reward for good news 1a) good tidings 1b) tidings, news 1c) reward for good tidings Part of Speech: noun feminine Part of Speech: noun feminine A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H1319 Same Word by TWOT Number: 291b H1319 ‫ בשר‬bâśar BDB Definition: 1) to bear news, bear tidings, publish, preach, show forth 1a) (Piel) 1a1) to gladden with good news 1a2) to bear news 1a3) to announce (salvation) as good news, preach 1b) (Hithpael) to receive good news

Part of Speech: verb A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root Same Word by TWOT Number: 291

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We can also see the contrasted definition used, bad or evil, of the word ‘tidings’ as identified in these following examples provided in Bible transcending order. Evil/Bad Tidings: 1) Exodus 33:4 - And when the people heard these evil tidingsH1697 they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
H1697
(Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

H1697 ‫ דבר‬dabar (daw-baw') n-m. ָ ָ 1. a word 2. (by implication) a matter (as spoken of) or thing 3. (adverbially) a cause [from H1696] KJV: act, advice, affair, answer, X any such (thing), because of, book, business, care, case, cause, certain rate, + chronicles, commandment, X commune(-ication), + concern(-ing), + confer, counsel, + dearth, decree, deed, X disease, due, duty, effect, + eloquent, errand, (evil favoured-)ness, + glory, + harm, hurt, + iniquity, + judgment, language, + lying, manner, matter, message, (no) thing, oracle, X ought, X parts, + pertaining, + please, portion, + power, promise, provision, purpose, question, rate, reason, report, request, X (as hast) said, sake, saying, sentence, + sign, + so, some (uncleanness), somewhat to say, + song, speech, X spoken, talk, task, + that, X there done, thing (concerning), thought, + thus, tidings, what(-soever), + wherewith, which, word, work. Root(s): H1696

2) Psalms 112: 7 - He shall not be afraid of evil tidingsH8052 his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

When searching the Strong’s/BDB/Cruden’s concordances the words ‘evil tidings’ were found only three times, two have been shown above and the third is as follows: 3) Jeremiah 49:23 - Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidingsH8052 they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
H8052 H8052
(Mickelson's Enhanced Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

‫ שמועה‬shemû‛âh shem-oo-aw'

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Feminine passive participle of H8074; something heard, that is, an announcement: bruit, doctrine, fame, mentioned, news, report, rumor, tidings.

And so, from what is succumbed in the texts, showing a change in circumstances on the page prior to this, the whole structure has been rearranged from what can be seen in the proof texts shown(evil/bad tidings), in comparison to the previous examples, which stated ‘good, glad tidings’. From all the diverse examples of Scripture, using the Biblical rule of interpretation: “Upon the testimony of two or three is a thing established”, (Deut 17:6, Matt 18:6, 2 Corinthians 13:1) it is evident that the term ‘tidings’ is in relevance to an announcement, news, report or message. This is crucial to understand and to store in mind, as it will be made known shortly what is the importance of the tidings we are instructed to know. As pointed out at the beginning, in the Foreword, the Present Truth for our time must be studied, that we may obtain a more clearer understanding of what is to come, and by doing so, be prepared to meet it. And so, the question is presented, what is Present Truth? We have answered this briefly in the earlier comments given, however, there is much else involved. Present Truth is truth for us, as God’s people, in our history, as when we take a look back into the past we will see that every generation had a ‘present truth’ for their time. God delivered His people by sending them a messenger or prophet with a special message for each time period. Now, for us, God has revealed a special last message of love, mercy and warning, this is the Third Angels Message, which is a three-fold message, with the First and Second Angels messages, combined with the fourth Angel, which is a repeat of the Second. And if there is a special message, there undoubtedly must be a messenger, who is the last day prophet of the Lord? It is Ellen G. White, she was chosen by God to give this message of the Three Angels to the final generation. But we also have an individual responsibility to go forth and sound the trumpet, with a certain sound. And this certain sound is the proclamation of the Third Angel’s Message, “Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins…”, so that they receive not the mark of the beast or the wrath of God, (Rev 14:9, Rev 18:4) this message is to be given to the whole world. The Third Angel’s message is a message that will prepare a people to stand in the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

Tidings of Present Truth

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The Present Truth for our time is the message God has given to His people which was sealed in the time of the prophet Daniel who was given the words to write, however, the meaning of them was concealed from his understanding until the ‘time of the end’. The words ‘time of the end’ arise a number of times in the Bible, and they all can be found in the book of Daniel, 4 times, (Daniel 11:35, 11:40, 12:4, 12:9) But the most necessary passages of Holy Writ which apply to our history is Daniel 11:40-45, as stated earlier, with emphasis added on the key word ‘tidings’ also, in which verse 40 starts with the term ‘And at the time of the end’. This text is exceptionally clear from the peculiar words God has chosen, that the prophet Daniel is speaking here of the end of time. From what has been established, the opposition between what are the good and what are the evil tidings encompassed in the Word of God, let us consider and proceed with the good tidings and the purpose they have within, to find what God would have us learn and understand. What are these good tidings we are to know of? And once we do know, what does God expect us to do? Well, firstly these tidings must revive and refine the whole life-being of the believer; the character will be evidently seen to have conformed to the Divine Pattern. He then, would have us to proclaim these tidings because they are good, of course. And the tidings are a message directly from God Himself; therefore this subject-matter is not to be received lightly.

In the next study it will be made evident, what is the ‘Time of the End? as signified in Daniel 11:40 to begin with, which also has an ordered parallel with the tidings we must comprehend, and all Scripture proofs will be thus presented. Then as these studies transpire, from verses 4045 of Daniel 11, increased knowledge and understanding is surely promised and will be disclosed unto all faithful students of prophecy.

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