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The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people. {Great Controversy, p. 393}
I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable HAS BEEN and WILL BE fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. {Review & Herald, August 19, 1890, par. 3}

"I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time." Review and Herald, August 19, 1890.

(James White) The 2300 days and cleansing the Sanctuary of Dan. 8:13,14, the parable of the ten virgins, and other parallel portions of Scripture clearly fix the shut door in 1844. This view establishes our holy advent experience in the past, gives certainty to the "blessed hope" of our soon coming Jesus, and causes our path to shine "more and more unto the perfect day." Amen.

Daniel and Revelation-by Uriah Smith

Uriah Smith (1832 – 1903)

TEN VIRGINS

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

TEN VIRGINS

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:1-13

Christ must be grieved to have so many Christians ignore all the warnings He has sent and all the signs He has given. Nineteen centuries ago the church was asleep, ignorant of His birth, and unacquainted with the prophecies. Now, as another important event is at the door, the church is engrossed with the first coming and practically ignores the second. Christ can do no more than He has done. The signs we have been studying are so plain and evident that there can be little excuse for any. We can only pray that the church will yet awake to its great privilege and not fulfill the part of the five foolish virgins in the parable. There is yet time, but there is none to lose. May God grant the church power to rise, shed its lethargy and drowsiness, and go forth to meet the bridegroom. FAITH OF JESUS p. 125 by M L. ANDREASON

This parable is spoken for the sake of the church. It is not the world but “the kingdom of heaven” that is likened to ten virgins. And it is not the church in general but the church living at the time when the bridegroom is about to come-the church of today. Are we to conclude that only half of the church are ready to meet the bridegroom and that half of them will be left outside? It is probably not safe to draw any conclusions as to the exact number, but one cannot escape the conclusion that Christ intends to point out that a large part of the church is not ready to meet Him. And the further lesson should not be neglected: The five foolish virgins were not such as rejected the call to go out to meet the bridegroom. They heeded it; they went out to meet Him: but they did not have enough oil, and perished for lack of it. The Spirit being the oil, the lesson is clear. We need and must have an extra supply of the Spirit, or our lamps may go out. THE FAITH OF JESUS p. 121 by M L. ANDREASON

“We all need to study as never before the parable of the ten virgins.” -4 Bible Commentary, 1179.

“We are now living in a most perilous time, and not one of us should be tardy in seeking a preparation for the coming of Christ. Let none follow the example of the foolish virgins, and think that it will be safe to wait until the crisis comes before gaining a preparation of character to stand in that time.” The Youth’s Instructor, January 16, 1896

HISTORY:
Matthew 25 opens with the words: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins.” Here is brought to view the church living in the last days, the same that is pointed out in the close of chapter 24. {GC 393.2}

"The parable of the ten virgins of Matthew 25 also illustrates the experience of the Adventist people." The Great Controversy, 393.

The hour of his judgment is come.’ This message was to be proclaimed with a loud voice. It went forth with the power thus indicated between the years 1840-44, more especially in the seventh-month movement of the latter year, bringing us to the end of the 2300 days, when the work of judgment commenced as Christ began the work of cleansing the sanctuary.

“But, as has been already shown, this did not bring the close of probation, but only the period of the investigative judgment. In this judgment we are now living; and during this time other messages are proclaimed, as the prophecy further declares.” At midnight there was a cry made, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh! go ye out to meet him.’ Midway between the spring of 1844, where it was at first supposed that the 2300 days would terminate, and that point in the autumn of 1844 to which it was afterward ascertained that they really extended, just such a cry as this was suddenly raised. Smith, DR (1897),

DANIEL 8:14
2300 days - years
Decree Jesus Jewish nation to rebuild became 31 A.D. rejected as Jerusalem Messiah God’s agents 457 B.C. 27 A.D. 34 A.D. 1/2 1/2 483 yrs.
3 3 yrs. yrs.

Jesus cut off

Investigative judgment begins in heaven 1844 A.D.

1810 yrs.

7 yrs. 490 yrs. - Given to Jewish nation

Involuntarily, this very phraseology was adopted: ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.’ The cause of this sudden arousing was the discovery that the great prophetic period of 2300 days (years) of Daniel 8:14 did not end in the spring of 1844, but would extend to the autumn of that year, and consequently that the time at which they supposed they were warranted to look for the appearing of the Lord had not passed by, but was indeed at the door. At the same time, the relation between the type and the antitype relating to the cleansing of the sanctuary was partially seen. The prophecy declared that at the end of the 2300 days the sanctuary should be cleansed; and as in the type the sanctuary was cleansed on the tenth day of the seventh month of the Jewish year, that point in the autumn of 1844 was accordingly fixed upon for the termination of the 2300 years.

It fell on the 22d of October. Between the midsummer of 1844, when the light on these subjects was first seen, and the day and month above named when the 2300 years terminated, perhaps no movement ever exhibited greater activity than this respecting the soon coming of Christ, and in no cause was ever more accomplished in so short a space of time. A religious wave swept over this country, and the nation was stirred as no people have been stirred since the opening of the great Reformation of the sixteenth century. This was called the ‘seventh month movement,’ and was more particularly confined to the United States and Canada.” Smith, DR (1897),

DANIEL 8:14
2300 days - years
Decree Jesus Jewish nation to rebuild became 31 A.D. rejected as Jerusalem Messiah God’s agents 457 B.C. 27 A.D. 34 A.D. 1/2 1/2 483 yrs.
3 3 yrs. yrs.

Jesus cut off

Investigative judgment begins in heaven 1844 A.D.

1810 yrs.

7 yrs. 490 yrs. - Given to Jewish nation

“The proclamation, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,’ in the summer of 1844, led thousands to expect the immediate advent of the Lord. At the appointed time the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom. ‘They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.’ They were not to be present in person at the marriage; for it takes place in heaven, while they are upon the earth. The followers of Christ are

to ‘wait for their Lord, when He will return from the wedding.’ Luke 12:36. But they are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God. It is in this sense that they are said to go in to the marriage.” Great Controversy, 426,427.

Daily
Antitype of the Daily Ministration

Yearly
Anti type of yearly Ministration

“Unto …(2300) days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Dan. 8:14

2300 days = 2300 years 70 Weeks X 7 = 490 Years 1810 Yrs

69 Weeks X 7 =483 Years

1 Wk = 7dys =7 Yrs
3½ dys=3½yrs 3½ dys=3½yrs

457 BC

27AD

31AD

34AD 1844AD

Final Close of Probation 7 Last Plagues

Jesus Second Coming

“Light from the sanctuary illumed the past the present, and the future” GC 423.

In 1844 our great High Priest entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, to begin the work of the investigative judgment. {Mar 93.1} (Rev. 14:7) (Dan. 7:9-10) As the books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life. . . . {Mar 93.2}

When Christ entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to perform the closing work of the atonement, he committed to his servants the last message of mercy to be given to the world. Such is the warning of the third angel of Revelation 14. Immediately following its proclamation, the Son of man is seen by the prophet coming in glory to reap the harvest of the earth. {4SP 273.1}

“Jesus has risen up and shut the door of the Holy Place of the heavenly Sanctuary and has opened a door into the Most Holy Place and entered in to cleanse the Sanctuary.”-Early Writings, 250:1.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins : In the parable of the ten virgins, five were wise and five were foolish. They all professed to be virgins, they all professed to be followers of God, but it's theresult of the judgment that determines who is going to be saved and who is not. “They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith”Christ’s Object Lessons, 406:3. which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom: “All had lamps, that is, an outward semblance of religion. Sons and Daughters of God, 118:1. “By the lamps is represented the word of God. -Christ’s Object Lessons, 406:3. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

went forth to meet the bridegroom.
1. The is clearly God’s people moving into marriage with the LAMB. Where is the Bridegroom one may ask. Well, he is in the most holy place (DANIEL 7: 10,13). 2. When and Where does the marriage take place? “While Jesus had been ministering in the sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His people, and blotted out their sin. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage of the Lamb was consummated. “-Early Writings, 280:1.

The marriage concludes the investigative judgment.
“In the parable of Matthew 22, the same figure of the marriage is introduced, and the investigative judgment is clearly represented as taking place before the marriage. Previous to the wedding the king comes to see His guests, to see if all are attired in the wedding garment, the spotless robe of character washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Matthew 22:11, Revelation 7:14. He who is found wanting is cast out, but all who upon examination are seen to have the wedding garment on are accepted of God and accounted worthy of a share in His kingdom and a seat upon His throne. This work of examination of character, of determining who are prepared for the kingdom of God, is that of the investigative judgment, the closing work in the sanctuary above.” Great Controversy, 428:1.

“The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom.” Great Controversy, 426:1-2. “I saw that while Jesus was in the most holy place He would be married to the New Jerusalem; and after His work should be accomplished in the holiest, He would descend to the earth in kingly power, and take to Himself the precious ones who had patiently waited His return.” Early Writings, 251:1. “They (Christ’s followers) were not to be present in person at the marriage; for it takes place in heaven, while they are upon the earth. The followers of Christ are to wait for their Lord, when He will return from the Wedding but they are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God. It is in this sense that they are said to go in to the marriage. . And all who through the testimony of the Scriptures accept the same truths, following Christ by faith as He enters in before God to perform the last work of mediation, and at its close to receive His kingdom, −all these are represented as going in to the marriage.” -Great Controversy, 427:12; 428:0.

And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. WISE :“The latter class (wise virgins) had received the grace of God, the
regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders His word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. “-Great Controversy, 994:0. “That oil is the righteousness of Christ. It represents character, and character is not transferable. No man can secure it for another. Each must obtain for himself a character purified from every stain of sin.”-Testimonies to Ministers, 294:0. “But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which Is represented by the oil, is not transferable.” -Review, February 11, 1896.

FOOLISH: “The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They
have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit’s working. They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. . They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their service to God degenerates Into a form. . This is the class that in time of peril are found crying, Peace and safety. They lull their hearts into security, and dream not of danger.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 411:1-2.

They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
“The Laodicean message applies to all who profess to keep the law of God, and yet are not doers of it.” (Review & Herald, 10/17/1899). 7BC, 962. “The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state. The True Witness declares, [Rev. 3:15-21 quoted.] .” Review&Herald, 8/19/1890

“There are many among us who are deficient in spirituality, and who, unless they are wholly converted, will certainly be lost. Can you afford to run the risk? Pride and weakness of faith are depriving many of the rich blessings of God. There are many who, unless they humble their hearts before the Lord, will be surprised and disappointed when the cry is heard, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.’ Matthew 25:6. (remember, the parable of the ten virgins is a parable of the advent experience) They have the theory of the truth, but they have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. Our faith at this time must not stop with an assent to, or belief in, the theory of the third angel’s message. We must have the oil of the grace of Christ that will feed the lamp and cause the light of life to shine forth, showing the way to those who are in darkness.” Counsels on Health, 128-129.

God's people are now to have their eyes fixed on the heavenly sanctuary, where . . . our great High Priest . . . is interceding for His people. {FLB 209.5}

Holy Place

Most Holy Place

In the Daily
Entering by Faith
Pardon and regeneration Sealed with former rain Prepare for death & judgment

In the Judgment
•Blotting out of sins •Sealed with latter rain •Prepares for translation •Experience of 144,000 (Living Saints at Jesus’ Second Coming)

Entering by Faith
CONTINUAL ATONEMENT

SPECIAL ATONEMENT

Third Angel’s Message
Experience of the saints to be Translated

Experience of the saints to be Resurrected

The third angel closes his message thus, „Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that deep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus‟. As he repeated these words, he pointed to the heavenly sanctuary. The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the most holy place.. Early Writings page 254

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps
“But if we do not practice the truth, we have not received the holy oil. “-4 Bible Commentary, 1179. “The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 407:0. “All need to have the oil of grace in their vessels with their lamps.”-Counsels on Health, 422:1. Oil-Holy Spirit- Zechariah 4:2-6; Revelation 4:5
“That oil is the righteousness of Christ. It represents character, and character is not transferable. No man can secure it for another. Each must obtain for himself a character purified from every stain of sin.”Testimonies to Ministers, 294:0. “But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which Is represented by the oil, is not transferable.” -Review, February 11, 1896.

Most Holy
Atonement Applied

Holy

The Cross & Its Reality

Special Atonement
Blessing Received
Sealed with latter rain
(Acts 3:19) (Glory of Holiest fills soul temple)

Continual Atonement Blessing Received
Pardon Regeneration Sealed with Early Rain Acts 2: 38 Experience of all resurrected Saints Prepares for death and judgment

Prepares for translation Experience of 144,000

The Reality

The Cross

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Just now we are in the waiting time - but too many are sleeping. “The reason why the Bridegroom delays is because He is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 0 the precious long-suffering of our merciful Saviour!” SD, 118:2. “ ‘While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.’ By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay. In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the, superficial and half-hearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible, had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away. ‘They all slumbered and slept;’ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet In the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The half-hearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself.” GC894:1, 895:0.

“All who wait for the heavenly Bridegroom are represented In the parable as slumbering because their Lord delayed His coming; but the wise roused themselves at the message of His approach, and responded to the message, and their spiritual discernment was not all gone, and they sprang Into line.” -5 Bible Commentary, 1099. “We are in the waiting time; let your loins be girded about, and your lights shining, that may wait for the Lord when he returns from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks you may open unto him immediately.” -4 Testimonies, 128:8124:0.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him
The coming of the bridegroom was at midnight--the darkest hour. So the coming of Christ will take place in the darkest period of this earth's history. The days of Noah and Lot pictured the condition of the world just before the coming of the Son of man. The Scriptures pointing forward to this time declare that Satan will work with all power and "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10. His working is plainly revealed by the rapidly increasing darkness, the multitudinous errors, heresies, and delusions of these last days. Not only is Satan leading the world captive, but his deceptions are leavening the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. The great apostasy will develop into darkness deep as midnight, impenetrable as sackcloth of hair. To God's people it will be a night of trial, a night of weeping, a night of persecution for the truth's sake. But out of that night of darkness God's light will shine. He causes "the light to shine out of darkness." 2 Corinthians 4:6. When "the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep," "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light." Genesis 1:2, 3. So in the night of spiritual darkness, God's word goes forth, "Let there be light." To His people He says, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1 "Behold," says the Scripture, "the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2. {COL 415.2}

Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent efforts, they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away sin, among God's people on earth. {RH, January 17, 1907 par. 4}

To what searching of heart and putting away of sin this present hour calls us! With what earnestness must the King's highway be cleared! With what diligence should we be engaged in the study of the Word which is soon to judge us! What deep. repentance, confession, -and humbling of heart should characterize us in this present hour! Have we on the wedding garment? Have we oil in our vessels with our lamps? The awakening message has called us to go forth and meet the Bridegroom . Like the ten virgins, the waiting people of God have responded to the call to the most holy place .We have seen how that the Sabbath test brings the sifting to the church . Inspiration is clear that the latter rain will
only fall after the church has been thoroughly sifted. There will be no latter rain outpouring of the Spirit on a mixed multitude . Foolish virgins will not participate in the loud cry (see Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 81, 82 ; Ibid ., Vol. 1, pp. 180-183 ; Hosea 5 :14, 15 ; 6 :1-3) .

1844 AD

NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW

CLOSE OF PROBATION

CHURCH MILLITANT CHURCH TRIUPHANT THE WHEAT AND TARES MUST GROW TOGETHER!
JESUS SEPERATES THE WHEAT FROM THE TARES! HARVEST TIME

PREPARATION TIME

Testimonies to Ministers pg.45- 46,Last Days Events Chapter 12Matt. 13: 24-30

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
John was shown these things in holy vision. He saw the company represented by the five wise virgins, with their lamps trimmed and burning, and he exclaimed in rapture, "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." {16MR 269.2} Many who heard the first and second angels' messages thought they would live to see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven. Had all who claimed to believe the truth acted their part as wise virgins, the message would ere this have been proclaimed to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But five were wise and five were foolish. The truth should have been proclaimed by the ten virgins, but only five had made the provision essential to join that company who walked in the light that had come to them. The third angel's message was needed. This proclamation was to be made. Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third angel's message, the last testing message to be given to the world. {16MR 269.3}

When the ten virgins went forth to meet the bridegroom, their lamps were trimmed and burning. Apparently there was no difference between the five who were wise and the five who were foolish. To outward appearance all were prepared, robed in white, and carrying their lighted lamps. But only five of these virgins were wise. These anticipated delay, and filled their flagons with oil, ready for any emergency. Five of the number had not this foresight; they made no provision for disappointment or delay. All the virgins are watching for the bridegroom. Hour after hour passes, and they are still anxiously looking for his appearing. But at last the weary, watching ones fall asleep. And at midnight, the very darkest hour, when their lamps are most needed, the cry is heard, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." At the call, the sleeping eyes are opened, and every one is aroused. They see the procession they are to join moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The five wise virgins trim their lamps, and go forth to meet the bridegroom. {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 5}

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
The foolish virgins made no provision for their lamps; and when aroused from their slumbers, they found that their lights were going out. They now see the consequences of their carelessness, and plead with their companions for a supply of oil: "Give us of your oil," they say; "for our lamps are going out." But the waiting five, with their freshly trimmed lamps, have emptied their vessels. They have no oil to spare, and they answer: "Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you. But go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves." But while they went to buy, the procession moved on, and left them behind. The bridal train entered the house, and the door was shut. When the foolish virgins reached the banqueting hall, they received an unexpected denial. They were left outside in the blackness of the night. This parable is not a representation of open sinners, but of those who profess Christ. The bride is the church who is waiting for the second appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 6}

The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger--a faith that will not faint though severely tried. Many of all nations and of all classes, high and low, rich and poor, black and white, will be cast into the most unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved of God pass weary days, bound in chains, shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain, some apparently left to die of starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons. . . . No human hand is ready to lend them help. {CC 369.5} The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.--5T 81 (1882). {LDE 173.6}

In the absence of the persecution there have drifted into our ranks men who appear sound and their Christianity unquestionable, but who, if persecution should arise, would go out from us.--Ev 360 (1890). {LDE 174.1} When the law of God is made void the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.--2SM 368 (1891). {LDE 174.2}

“Testing times come to all. How do we conduct ourselves under the test and proving of God? Do our lamps go out? or do we still keep them burning? Are we prepared for every emergency by our connection with Him who is full of grace and truth? The five wise virgins could not impart their character to the five foolish virgins. Character must be formed by us as individuals.” Review and Herald, October 17, 1895. Note: the Crisis is the Sunday Law—this is the place the church is purified, this is where our probation comes to an end and it’s at this crisis that our character is revealed to the world either for or against God. This is the crisis that is coming at blinding speed, and what she is saying is that we have to have our character prepared before this crisis. “It will be too late to seek for the righteousness of Christ when the guests are called in and examined. Now is the time to put on the righteousness of Christ,—the wedding garment that will fit you to enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb.

But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Something extra is demanded of those who are living in or near the time of the Lord's appearing. They need an extra infilling of the Holy Spirit-the oil; they need to be prepared for delay; they need to be ready to spring to their feet at a moment's notice to meet the unusual; they must be God's minutemen. Because the five wise virgins had an extra supply of oil in the vessels with their lamps, they were ready for the bridegroom. They were prepared for just such an emergency. The five foolish virgins also went out to meet the bridegroom. They expected Him to come and were sure that He would come before their oil had been consumed. They had not set a definite time for Him to come, but they were sure that He would not tarry beyond the time for which they had made preparation. The wise, on the other hand, were prepared for a lodger wait. The bridegroom might come as soon as the others expected, but He might tarry; and for this they wanted to be prepared. It was not lack of faith that made them believe that the Lord might tarry longer than the others expected. They were ready if the Lord should come in the first watch, but they did not want to be unprepared if He should tarry until the second or the third. They heeded the admonition: “Occupy till I come.” FAITH OF JESUS p. 190 by M L. ANDREASON “ That oil is the righteousness of Christ. It represents character, and character is not transferable. No man can secure it for another. Each must obtain for himself a character purified from every stain of sin.”-Testimonies to Ministers, 294:0.

While Jesus pleads as our High Priest, there is hope for every repentant sinner; but when He at last comes forth from the sanctuary, mercy‟s door will be forever closed. There will be no intercessor then (Isaiah 59:16). In the type, when the high priest came out of the sanctuary, he had “made an end of reconciling.” When our High Priest comes forth from the sanctuary, He will proclaim, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still”(Revelation22:11). Every case is decided for eternity. Probation is forever ended. All who wait until that time, hoping to be saved, will find no one to plead their case before the Father; they will be eternally lost. {The Cross & Shadow p. 89}

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut:

For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1Peter. 4:17 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. Jer. 25:29. Slay utterly old [and] young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom [is] the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which [were] before the house. Ezekiel. 9:6

A sifting among SDA during NSL
“The Lord has shown me clearly that the Image of the beast will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided.”-2 SM, 81:0. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC 608.2}

Servants of God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." {EW 278.2}

A Shaking in the World
Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from Heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. [Revelation 13:13.] Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand. The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side. {GC88 612.1}

Death The Day & Hr. Decree Armageddon

"Said the angel, "Deny self; ye must step fast." Some of us have had time to saw get the truth and . to advance stepthe by step, and every step we I"Time also that many do not what they must be in is almost finished Do you realize reflect lovely image of Jesus as CHURCH CHURCH have taken has given us strength to take the next. But now there time is in CHURCH you should?" Then I was pointed to the earth and saw that Trouble Continuing order to live in the sight of the Lord without a high priest TRIUMPHANT VICTORIOUS almost finished, and what we have beenthose years who learning, they will have MILLITANT would have to be a getting ready among have of late the sanctuary through the time of trouble. Those who to learn in a few months. They will also much to unlearn and Little Time ofhave Trouble embraced the third angel's message. Said the angel, "Get ready, get Trouble Coming receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the much to learn again. Those who not receive the of thethan ready, get ready . Ye will have towould die a greater death tomark the world Country Living the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision time of ever trouble must reflect the image of Jesus ye Upon have yet Earth died." I saw that there was a great work to do for Growing own Food now to say,but Nay, we will not regard to the institution ofWRITINGS the beast.{Early them and little time in which do it. EARLY PAG 64 fully . {Early Writings page 71.1} Writings page 67.2}

. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (*1 Tim. 2:5. Christ is the only mediator between God and man; and when he ceases to be priest there is no one to plead for guilty man. E.W. 280.) (*Rev. 14:8-10. When there is no mediator in the heavens, there is nothing to prevent the wrath of God from being poured out upon the wicked. Isa. 59:16-18; Lev. 16:23. Christ puts on the garments of vengeance.) (*Rev. 15:1. The work of pouring out the unmixed wrath of God upon the earth is assigned to seven angels, and is called the seven last plagues. Rev. 15:8; 1 Tim. 2:5. “The man Christ Jesus” can not enter the temple while the seven last plagues are being poured out upon the earth.) (*Ex. 8:20-23, margin. The Lord sent ten plagues upon Egypt; the first three plagues fell upon the Israelites as well as upon the Egyptians, but none of the seven last plagues of Egypt fell upon the children of Israel. Ex. 8:22; 9:4-7, 26; 10:23; G.C. 627, 628.) (*Ps. 91:1-10. Likewise, when the psalmist foretold the effect of the seven last plagues, he said no plague would come nigh the dwelling of the righteous. G.C. 630.) BIBLE HANDBOOK p. 12 by S N. HASKELL

Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly robes. Upon His head were many crowns, a crown within a crown. Surrounded by the angelic host, He left heaven. The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some were denouncing God and cursing Him. Others rushed to the people of God and begged to be taught how they might escape His judgments. But the saints had nothing for them. The last tear for sinners had been shed, the last agonizing prayer offered, the last burden borne, the last warning given. The sweet voice of mercy was no more to invite them. When the saints, and all heaven, were interested for their salvation, they had no interest for themselves. Life and death had been set before them. Many desired life, but made no effort to obtain it. They did not choose life, and now there was no atoning blood to cleanse the guilty, no compassionate Saviour to plead for them, and cry, "Spare, spare the sinner a little longer." All heaven had united with Jesus, as they heard the fearful words, "It is done. It is finished." The plan of salvation had been accomplished, but few had chosen to accept it. And as mercy's sweet voice died away, fear and horror seized the wicked. With terrible distinctness they heard the words, "Too late! too late!"

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh: Warning, admonition, promise, all are for us, upon whom the ends of the world are come. "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:6). . . . Watch against the stealthy approach of the enemy, watch against old habits and natural inclinations, lest they assert themselves; force them back, and watch. Watch the thoughts, watch the plans, lest they become self-centered. Watch over the souls whom Christ has purchased with His own blood. Watch for opportunities to do them good. If you draw close to Jesus and seek to adorn your profession by a well-ordered life and godly conversation, your feet will be kept from straying into forbidden paths. If you will only watch, continually watch unto prayer, if you will do everything as if you were in the immediate presence of God, you will be saved from yielding to temptation, and may hope to be kept pure, spotless, and undefiled till the last. If you hold the beginning of your confidence firm unto the end, your ways will be established in God; and what grace has begun, glory will crown in the kingdom of our God. {AG 332.6}

Crisis & Victory
1798
LAODICEAN CONDITION
Rise of Advent Movement (The True Prophet)

Final Close of Probation

Jesus Second Coming

National Sunday Law
IMPENDING CONFLICT
rise… climax

FINAL CONFLICT
Period of •Judgment of living •Latter Rain •Sealing of Living

International Death Decree

Shaking develops…

1863 1ST 2ND

1888

1960’s

1990’s

2008

3RD Angels’ Messages Rise of Two Horn Beast (The False Prophet)
Protestant U.S.A gives hand of fellowship to Spiritualism & Romanism. False fire of revivals followed by calamities riots in cities and nation.

Angel of Rev 18
Receiving Mark of the Beast, Persecution Little Time of Trouble

Millennium

Babylon Falls….

Spiritual declension continue ….

Complete Fall

Impending Conflict
•In the Church

Final Conflict
•Judgment of the Living
5T 472-475, 210-211, 81 1T 179-183;GC 603-612; EW 85-6, 277-279;9T 16; Acts 3:19;Joel 2:15-32; Rev. 18:1-5; Eze. 9;Rev. 7 TM 234-5

1844

Joel 2:15-17 Zep. 2:1-3 1T 179-183 5T 209-210 Eze. 8&9

•In Babylon
GC 588-592, 464 EW 261 Rev. 13: 12-14

•The Test
GC 592, 604-5;443-4495T 451 2SM 380 7BC 976 6T 395 5T 81, 136 Rev. 13:14-17

•Time of Trouble
GC 613-52; Rev. 15 & 16

•Int Death Decree
EW 37, 282-3;1T 204;