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Since the promised Elijah is to be the last prophet to the church today, as John the Baptist was the last prophet to the church in his day, and since the last work on earth is the Judgment for the Living, the truth stands forth like the light of day that Elijah’s message is the message of the Judgment for the Living, the last, which in the very nature of the gospel is of far more importance and consequence than any other message ever borne to a people.                        General Conference Special pg. 23-24

But by the fact that Christ applied Malachi Three to John the Baptist’s message, and as this scripture did not meet its fulfillment at that time, it proves that John was a type of the Elijah that is to come before the coming of the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5), at which time the prophecy will be fulfilled in its fullness. Therefore, as John was a messenger to God’s own people at that time, just so at this time the Elijah of Malachi’s prophecy represents a message which is to be delivered not to the world, but to the professed people of God. As John was their last prophet, his message was their final means to fit them for the Messiah’s appearing, for which cause said the Master, “If ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. (Matt. 11:14) Likewise, Elijah’s message of today must be to the professed people of God, and is to be their last means to fit them for Christ’s appearing at this time.                                               Vol. 1 Symbolic Code No. 4 pg. 5

Hence, the revival and reformation brought to view in Malachi is the first and the last of its kind, and is indeed to be crowned with the purification of the Church.                    Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 30 pg. 15

But the hue and cry of the opposition is, Away with prophecies at this time!  For all the prophets and the law “Prophesied Until John.” Matt. 11:13. If the aforequoted scripture means that there were to be no more prophets after John, then there should have been none since that time.  And were this the meaning, then the Scriptures would contradict themselves, for they bear evidence that while Christ was the Son of God, He was also “a prophet.” Luke 24:19. And although John the Baptist never wrote a single prophetic utterance, yet he was rated by Christ with the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28).  Also Matthew, Mark, and Luke, under the Spirit of Inspiration, wrote concerning Christ and His work. Likewise John, Peter, and Paul, and others contemporary with them, prophesied in their own right of many things to come. All these are Scripturally accorded the title “prophet.”Jesus Himself testifies that the book of Revelation is a prophecy, for the angel “who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw” says: “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:2, 3.  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18.

Now the fact that this prophecy was written nearly a century after John the Baptist was beheaded, is historical acknowledgment that the prophets did not cease with him.  Thus in misconstruing Matthew 11:13 so as to make John the last of the prophets, the opposition is attempting to substitute for the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, “private” (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures.  And in doing this, they are led either to ignore or to try to explain away the irrefutable statement of Paul: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:28) — absolute evidence that the second of the eight gifts to the church in the Christian era, is prophets.   While most of these gifts, especially tongues and governments, are zealously sought after by the Christian churches, the one — “prophets” — that was despised by the Jews, is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom!  Thus the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized opposition.                                   Tract 6 pg. 5- 7

Those who on the one hand contend that there were to be no prophets after John the Baptist, and who on the other hand profess to believe in the New Testament Scriptures which were written after John’s death, are themselves in darkness, and are, by their private (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures spreading a cloud of darkness wherever they go.  

In the light of these facts Jesus’ statement that “all the prophets and the law prophesied until John,” obviously has a wholly different meaning from what has been taught by uninspired men. When it is illuminated by the same Spirit Who indicted it, the resultant interpretation is trouble-free, revealing that Christ separated the prophets into a twofold classification — those until John and those after him.                                     Tract 6 pg. 8- 9

“Prophesied Until John.” Matt. 11:13.                                                                                                                                         If the aforequoted scripture means that there were to be no more prophets after John, then there should have been none since that time. And were this the meaning, then the Scriptures would contradict themselves, for they bear evidence that while Christ was the Son of God, He was also “a prophet.” Luke 24:19. And although John the Baptist never wrote a single prophetic utterance, yet he was rated by Christ with the greatest of the prophets (Luke 7:28).  Also Matthew, Mark, and Luke, under the Spirit of Inspiration, wrote concerning Christ and His work. Likewise John, Peter, and Paul, and others contemporary with them, prophesied in their own right of many things to come. All these are Scripturally accorded the title “prophet.” Jesus Himself testifies that the book of Revelation is a prophecy, for the angel “who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw” says: “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:2, 3.  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18.

Now the fact that this prophecy was written nearly a century after John the Baptist was beheaded, is historical acknowledgment that the prophets did not cease with him.  Thus in misconstruing Matthew 11:13 so as to make John the last of the prophets, the opposition is attempting to substitute for the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, “private” (uninspired) interpretations of the Scriptures.  And in doing this, they are led either to ignore or to try to explain away the irrefutable statement of Paul: “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:28) — absolute evidence that the second of the eight gifts to the church in the Christian era, is prophets.

While most of these gifts, especially tongues and governments, are zealously sought after by the Christian churches, the one — “prophets” — that was despised by the Jews, is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom!  Thus the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized opposition.                                                                                                                  While ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers, the Jews rejected the living prophets, thereby bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29, 30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy in this age, and also deny that the Old Testament Scriptures have any application in the gospel dispensation, are thereby rejecting all the prophets, while at the same time acknowledging that they were the servants of God.  So such church-members continue to build and garnish the tombs of the prophets as did the Jews who claimed to believe in Moses but, when tested, were found to be liars. Tract 6 pg. 5 – 7

Rejection of the Prophets.                                                                                                                                                             Every succeeding Jewish generation rejected the living prophets, at the same time bearing recognition and honor to the preceding ones who were slain by, and for speaking to, the fathers.  Thus Jesus rebuked them, saying: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29, 30.

Most of the Christians at the present time, by despising the gift of prophecy in the Christian era, and by applying the Old Testament Scriptures to God’s ancient people only, have rejected all the prophets!  The Seventh-day Adventist denomination, however, has long professed to believe in the Spirit of Prophecy, particularly in that special message which in the latter part of the last century make clear that the angel of Revelation 18:1, who is to lighten the earth with his glory, was still in the future (Early Writings, p. 277), and that the prophet Elijah’s message was yet to come (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 475).  In her Laodicean attitude, however, that she is “rich, and increased with goods,” and has “need of nothing,” neither truth nor prophets, she manifests the spirit which led the Jewish leaders to kill God’s messengers, and which has caused nearly all Christendom to set aside the prophets, thus teaching that they ceased with the preaching of John the Baptist.

By thus shortening man’s vision, the enemy is determinedly preparing the way for the church to reject the latter rain, and never to receive the promised latter-day Pentecost: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month…. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” Joel 2:23, 28, 29. (See our Tract No. 2, pp. 58, 59.) All who cheat themselves of this blessing, will seal their doom forever in the Valley of Jezreel. Tract 4 pg. 54-56

A prophet may claim authority as a prophet but never as an apostle.  However, there is a difference between the prophets of the Old Testament and the ones of the New; the latter being under the authority of the former; in other words, he may be an interpreter or revealer of the Bible: “For all the prophets and the law [ceremonial — in type] prophesied until John.” (Matt. 11:13.)  Interpretation is correct only when inspired by the same Spirit, thus timely utterances are revealed.  Not only do the annals of history prove this, but the Bible is very emphatic on the subject, for it plainly says that we are, “Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” (Eph.  2:20.) Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 78

“The term ‘prophet’ as used in the Bible… is employed to designate men and women engaged in a wide range of service in connection with the work of God.  Some of these never uttered a prophecy as that term is generally understood… Some were used only for a special occasion, others for a long series of years.  Some wrote out the message God revealed to them, and others gave them orally. To some, as in the case of Daniel and others, were committed prophecies reaching into the distant future, portions of which are still unfulfilled.

“Some were God’s messengers raised up in periods of great crisis, to warn the church and the world of threatened judgments, and to call men back to allegiance to God.  Such were Samuel, Elijah, John the Baptist, and others. John disclaimed the prophetic title, claiming rather that he was a voice or a messenger of God, sent to prepare the way of the Lord in calling Israel to repentance.  But as God’s messenger he was declared by Christ to be a prophet, and ‘even more than a prophet.’ Luke 7:26. ‘Surely the Lord will do nothing, but He revealeth His secrets unto His servants the prophets.’ Amos 3:7.” “The Present Truth,” Vol. 5, No. 72.                

“In the highest sense the prophet was one who spoke by direct inspiration, communicating to the people the messages he had received from God.  But the name was given also to those who, though not so directly inspired, were divinely called to instruct the people in the works and ways of God.” — “Education,” p. 46.                                              These heavenly messengers usually were men and women of a humble character; some could neither read nor write. Though not having the advantages that great men do, these instruments in the hand of Omnipotence, caused human knowledge and worldly greatness to sink into insignificance.  Thus God sought by these methods to reveal His transforming power in the human machine both in intellect and in character. To rebel against God’s chosen instruments is to renounce His power in preference to the human, placing the finite above the infinite, who can transmit more knowledge in a moment, than the human could in a lifetime.

Though truths are revealed through inspired channels, the instrument of iniquity has often mixed them with error.  Such iniquitous workers oft times resort to the use of portions of divine revelation, unlawfully using them as an entering wedge to pass on error and thus deceive the simple.  Let none flatter themselves that they can escape the clutches of the devil by the studious effort of another. Everyone must study for himself to understand his own position, and with candid mind be ready to listen to all with a teachable spirit of a child.  “Verily I say unto you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15.) Prejudice, has beguiled and ruined more souls than any trap ever devised by the great deceiver. The one who refuses to listen to reasons offered by another, is the most ignorant.  Such a man is usually prejudiced because the argument presented contradicts his view of the subject, or it may be that he considers himself more intellectual or of superior social standing. Others will not hear the truth because it hurts their sinful conscience and for fear that they must part from some selfish lust.  This class is under the power of the devil, and on the way to everlasting ruin — sinning against the Holy Ghost. Those who are sincere in their errors are the very ones who are found in the bottom of the devil’s kidnaping bag. This class is the hardest to convince that they are on the way to hell.                    Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 15-16

False Accusations And Excuses                                                                                                                                          These unconverted Seventh-day Adventists when told of these facts, not to criticize or to find fault with them, but to arouse them from the terrible stupor of deception and false security, begin to make excuses in the following manner: “We are God’s people.”  “This is God’s church.” “There is no other movement to follow. “It is wicked to accuse the church militant.” “You are setting time.” “You must not tear down but build up.” “Shun them which make divisions.” “There shall be no more prophets.” “We have all the truth and there is no need of more.”                        Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 273 It is a preparatory step toward sinning against the Holy Ghost. Your assertion that there shall be no more prophets, is casting off before hand the latter rain and the “loud cry!”  It is denying the Word in its prophetic form, for we read: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.) Shepherd’s Rod book, Vol. 2 pg. 274

Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything.  And only when thus endangered and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift of prophecy — her most imperative need in her present predicament. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.  “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…. He that prophesieth edifieth the church.” 1 Cor. 14:1,4. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Rev. 19:10. Consequently if she does not now awake to the fact that “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18), then she never will.

Emphasizing the importance of the gifts of the Spirit, Paul says: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph. 4:11,12.  “After that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:28.

But while most of these gifts, especially those of tongues and of governments, are zealously sought after by the churches, the one that was despised by the Jews — the gift of “prophets” — is wholly rejected by almost all Christendom.  Therefore the spirit that instigated the killing of the ancient seers at the hand of the Jewish leaders, is today doing virtually the same sort of destructive work through organized religion.

The Jews, while ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers,  rejected the living prophets, thus bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29,30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy and deny to the gospel dispensation the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures, thereby reject all the prophets, though at the same time they do them the lip service of acknowledging them as the servants of God.  In giving such service, they are but building and garnishing the tombs of the prophets, as did the Jews, but when tested, they too, will be found to be liars. Mere lip professions of believing in the whole Bible, are worse than no profession at all, and doubly so when the professors are at the same time teaching that all the laws and statues, all the warnings and condemnations apply only to the ancient Jews, whereas all the graces belong to the Christian church!

By following in this course, they have been led so far in perverting the gifts that their so-called gift of tongues is naught but gibberish, and is no more the Biblical gift than is Sunday the “sanctified” Sabbath day! Perverted also is the gift of governments,  which is degenerated into an institution of prerogatives, formalities, goals, and the like, which, were they ever beneficial devices, are certainly, in their present low estate, nothing but agencies which in effect militate against the Truth, and neutralize the piety of the church.  In this state of affairs, do the best of these professed Christians of today seem better than the worst of yesterday’s Jews? Wherefore, O church of God, “Awake, awake”! “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:19, 21.  “Loose thyself from the [man-wrought] bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” Isa. 52:2.

As the gift of prophets is, according to the Scriptures, second in order of the gifts to the church, and the gift of governments and that of diversity of tongues are last, obviously, then, those who despise the gift of prophecy but exalt the gift of governments and the gift of tongues, are pulling the cart from its rear end, and are going in the wrong direction.  To such, Christ is saying: “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17.

The Jews, while ascribing praise and honor to the dead prophets who were slain by the forefathers,  rejected the living prophets, thus bringing upon themselves the Master’s mournful pronouncement: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Matt. 23:29,30.

Present-day Christians who despise the gift of prophecy and deny to the gospel dispensation the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures, thereby reject all the prophets, though at the same time they do them the lip service of acknowledging them as the servants of God.  In giving such service, they are but building and garnishing the tombs of the prophets, as did the Jews, but when tested, they too, will be found to be liars. Mere lip professions of believing in the whole Bible, are worse than no profession at all, and doubly so when the professors are at the same time teaching that all the laws and statues, all the warnings and condemnations apply only to the ancient Jews, whereas all the graces belong to the Christian church!

By following in this course, they have been led so far in perverting the gifts that their so-called gift of tongues is naught but gibberish, and is no more the Biblical gift than is Sunday the “sanctified”  Sabbath day! Perverted also is the gift of governments, which is degenerated into an institution of prerogatives, formalities, goals, and the like, which, were they ever beneficial devices, are certainly, in their present low estate, nothing but agencies which in effect militate against the Truth, and neutralize the piety of the church.  In this state of affairs, do the best of these professed Christians of today seem better than the worst of yesterday’s Jews? Wherefore, O church of God, “Awake, awake”! “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess. 5:19, 21. “Loose thyself from the [man-wrought] bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” Isa. 52:2.                             As the gift of prophets is, according to the Scriptures, second in order of the gifts to the church, and the gift of governments and that of diversity of tongues are last, obviously, then, those who despise the gift of prophecy but exalt the gift of governments and the gift of tongues, are pulling the cart from its rear end, and are going in the wrong direction. To such, Christ is saying: “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17.                                            Tract 2 pg. 4-7

Avoid the Mistakes of Others.                                                                                                                                                    O how terrible the thought of closing the heart and thereby turning a deaf ear to the pleadings of the Spirit of God! Think what great sorrow and suffering could have been averted had men not been so hardened in pride and self-conceit!  It was too humiliating for those leaders in Israel of old to acknowledge their mistakes and receive corrections from God’s humble servants, the prophets. But their ignoring the truth did not perpetuate their exaltation in the eyes of the people, as they had expected it to.  Neither did their killing the prophets make right their error or cover their sins. Nor did it silence God, but rather in course of time exposed their utter ignorance and uncovered their shame before the whole world.                                                                                       Should God’s people at this time repeat the mistakes of the Jews, then the punishment decreed in the words, “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 24:51), would fail to find in intensity its parallel in any age. A full realization, moreover, simply of the disappointment of being on the very verge of stepping into Paradise but falling short and finding oneself instead plunged in hell, would be enough to stab one through and through with the most anguishing remorse!  Let us therefore open wide our hearts as we read the Lord’s pitying plea: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Matt. 23:37, 38. “The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name: hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it.” Mic. 6:9.  And for failure to hear His voice, remember that God May Smite Whereas Men Cannot. Tract 5 pg. 55-56

Israel’s real danger, we now see, was not in what Moses did, but in their unbelief of God’s having the reins in His hands, in not knowing that His ways are beyond finding out — contrary to ours.  They failed to see that God could again and again perform miracle after miracle to deliver them from their enemy’s hand, that He could dry the ocean as easily as He could flood the earth. Having their failures before us, we should make them our stepping stones to success.  Let us therefore wholeheartedly believe that God is in charge of our salvation, of our lives and of our death, too. That He is able to take us to safety even if the earth should drop out of space, that we cannot die if He wants us alive, and that we cannot live if He wants us dead.  Let us ever bear in mind that we of ourselves know nothing about God’s plans except as told through His appointed servants, the prophets, and as we witness them day by day. If we daily walk with God, if we commit all to Him, then the responsibility is all His. TG, Vol. 1, No. 7    pg. 6-7

Let us beforehand refresh our minds with the Jews’ attitude toward the prophets: Rather than going with the purpose of learning and reasoning, the Jews went to the prophets with prejudiced minds, with malice, with hatred in their hearts, and with instruments of cruelty.  (We must not.) This evil spirit was prevalent among the Jews throughout their history. It was manifested even against Moses although for forty years he led the Hebrew host with Divine signs and wonders all the way from the brickyards of Egypt to the borders of the promised land.

The remnant finally crossed the Jordan only because they whole-heartedly believed that Moses was God’s mouth piece, and because they ceased murmuring, took and obeyed orders.  The Hebrews ever after deeply cherished his writings, and this reverent regard for the Pentateuch continued among the Jews even to the days of Christ. As a man of God and as the nation’s emancipator and founder of its sacred ceremonies, Moses was highly esteemed by all. Ironically, though the prophets that followed after Moses were rejected by the Jewish nation as a whole.  Those who survived in the Babylonian captivity did accept the prophets Haggai and Zechariah only because they were the founders of the movement then on foot as was Moses in his day.

The Jews, according to their own way of reasoning, were honest, though blind, in concluding that they had no need of prophets, because as they saw it, Moses’ writings were complete, there was nothing lacking in them: They contained both the civil and religious laws.  They, therefore, saw no need for greater light and no need of another prophet. Through their unbelief in the prophets, they failed to see that their kingdom was only a type of a greater one to come, they failed to see that God’s Truth is progressive and ever unfolding, that each generation has to have added Truth especially adapted to meet their particular needs.  Their blindness to this was their basic sin that led them on to ruin. While the Jews boasted of their faith in Moses’ Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 15 pg. 3-4

Eph. 4:11-14 — “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

Inspiration makes it plain that God’s plan is that the Church should ever be growing both in knowledge and perfection till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Since the Church has not yet attained the standard set forth in this verse of Scripture, it is obvious that she needs to have greater knowledge of Bible religion than she has at the present time.

Being far from having reached such unity of faith, of knowledge, and perfection, we see the need as clear as crystal: We as Christians need to start growing, otherwise the season of such growth will pass and we shall be left but dwarfs, not having advanced far enough to be eligible for a home in the Kingdom.  Then shall it come to pass that all such unmatured Christians shall bitterly cry out, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20. Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 51 pg.6-7

To do this saving work God sent down the Spirit of Truth, He sent prophets and angels, also His only Son — all teachers of redemption.                       Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 9 pg. 8

“This is the Word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel.” Zech. 4:6. The method which God is to use now, in the time of the end, in communicating with Zerubbabel — the governors or ministers of His people — is laid down in the symbolism.  Tract 6 pg. 19-20

Worshiping the dead prophets and killing the living ones, is a brutal effort to block the progress of Truth, to deceive self and others. Finally, had it not been for the fact that some wide-awake ones throughout the ages have dared take up their cross and follow God through His prophets in order to be led from one height of Truth to another, the world would not have stood this long. There is no doubt, the Church from creation till today has been led and preserved by the prophets, and she can continue in no other way from here on.         Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 26     pg.23

Isa. 30:20 — “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.”                                                           Although God anciently permitted the peoples’ teachers (their prophets) to be pushed into a corner, abused, and slaughtered, He will permit it no longer. The eyes of His people shall see their God-appointed teachers as they are brought to the front.                                 Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 32 pg. 19

THE POOR PREACHER’S ANSWER.                                                                                                                                           All but preachers can preach without texts of Scripture, but preachers never dare say a thing unless they have a “thus saith the Lord.” Therefore, the preacher answereth in Scripture.                                                                                                 “My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.  Selah.” (Ps. 55:4 through 7.) “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets” (preachers). (Amos 3:7)                        Vol. 3   Symbolic Code   Nos. 3, 4. pg  4.

Meeting its fulfillment at the end of the world when God is to overthrow the thrones and destroy the kingdoms of the earth, Haggai’s prophecy  shows that Zerubbabel, the Lord’s servant is a type of His servants today, who necessarily, therefore, are the antitypical “signet.”                Tract 6                            pg. 19

Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything.  And only when thus endangered and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift of prophecy her most imperative need in her present predicament. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.  “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…. He that prophesieth edifieth the church.” 1 Cor. 14:1,4.                           Tract 2 pg. 4

There is but one thing that her people have been taught to look for, and that is to look out for false prophets, and as the people do not realize that there can be no false where there is no true, can you not see their inconsistency?  And what terrible self-deception for a people to think themselves right when they are all wrong! — Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, pg. 253. I say terrible, and I mean terrible, because if they keep on imagining that they are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing, while they are destitute of everything, they will certainly be “spued out.”

Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 24 pg. 21

Worshiping the dead prophets and killing the living ones, is a brutal effort to block the progress of Truth, to deceive self and others. Finally, had it not been for the fact that some wide-awake ones throughout the ages have dared take up their cross and follow God through His prophets in order to be led from one height of Truth to another, the world would not have stood this long. There is no doubt, the Church from creation till today has been led and preserved by the prophets, and she can continue in no other way from here on.        Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 26 pg. 23

Ends of the World

THE PURIFICATION OF THE SDA CHURCH IN THE END OF THIS EARTH’S HISTORY

“God has not suffered the life of my husband to end ingloriously. He has sustained him. But the man who performs double labor, who crowds the work of two years into one, is burning his candle at both ends.”  {3T 502.1}  

The word “END” means:

  1. The final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story. E.g. “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Gen 6:13
  2. Either extremity of something that has length.
  3. The point in time when an action, an event, or a phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion: the end of the day.

The word “ENDS” means:

  1. Having more than one end.
  1. There is more than one end to a story, event or process. E.g. one end for the boys, and one end for the girls, making two ends.
  1. A condition of someone’s hair end [singular] having split into several ends [plural].
  1. The land has four ends [plural] to it. The east end, west end, north end and south end.   

ENDS OF THE WORLD

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”                                              1 Corinthians 10:11, 12.

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:11, 12. Satan well knows the material with which he has to deal in the human heart. He knows for he has studied with fiendish intensity for thousands of years the points most easily assailed in every character; and through successive generations he has wrought to overthrow the strongest men, princes in Israel, by the same temptations that were so successful at Baalpeor. {PP 457.3}  

“The apostle Paul plainly states that the experience of the Israelites in their travels has been recorded for the benefit of those living in this age of the world, those upon whom the ends of the world are come. We do not consider that our dangers are any less than those of the Hebrews, but greater.”  {HL 281.2}

SINCE THE APOSTLE PAUL SPOKE OF ENDS, OF IMPORTANCE TO US IS, WHOSE END WILL COME FIRST, THE SDA CHURCH MEMBERS, OR THE WORLD? THE BIBLE GIVES THE ANSWER!

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  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? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?                       1 Peter 4:7, 17-18

Yes the END for the SDA church (the house of God) comes first! Then next the wicked in the world.  

READ EZEKIEL CHAPTER 9.                                 

“The crisis is fast approaching. The rapidly swelling figures show that the time for God’s visitation has about come. Although loath to punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily… Here we see that the church–the Lord’s sanctuary–was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together.”   {5T 209.3, 211.2}

YES THE CLOSING “END” FOR THE SDA CHURCH WILL COME FIRST!

The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet’s illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side. “And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”  {3T 266.2}

Who are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God and who murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? Is it those who take their stand against them and sympathize with those who commit wrong? No, indeed! Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God’s sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those “that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done” in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.  {3T 267.1}

But the general slaughter of all those who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness, and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: “Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 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.”  {3T 267.2}  

The sinners, we know, have always been and are still among God’s people.  That the fulfillment of these things are in the very near future. First separating the firstfruits, the 144,000 from “the house of God,” then to be followed by the second fruits from all nations (Rev. 7:9); the scripture also shows that the sinners will no longer walk with the saints and that the harvest ends the world. (Rev. 18:1), shows that God’s people are called out of Babylon (Rev. 18:4).  Then those who did not respond to this gathering call will cry out: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20.  The “harvest,” therefore, is “the end of the world.” Matt. 13:49.  It commences in the church and ends in Babylon.

Daniel Chapter 2

  Emphasis on Spirit of Prophecy

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that he could not recall. He was very troubled and summoned his “wisemen” to appear before him, tell the dream that evaded his mind and interpret it. But none could recall the dream, let alone interpret it. In his  wrath, the king furiously gave a swift decree sentencing all the wisemen of Babylon to be executed.

Daniel, a wiseman of Babylon, who was not privy to the king’s meeting, was being sought to be executed as well. He then asked the king for time so that he could talk with the God of heaven. The king acquiesced.

The Lord revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel and he praised Him by saying: “20Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: 21And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22He revealeth the deep and secret things: “. This last verse is virtually identical to Amos 3:7, which states, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. It shows that it is through the prophetic office that secret or hidden things are revealed.”

There were many Hebrews exiled in Babylon. Among the faithful were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who all prayed regarding the king’s dream. But the revelation wasn’t given to them, nor to any of the “wisemen” of Babylon. It was instead revealed to His prophet Daniel. Thereby establishing the one through whom the Spirit of  Prophecy was revealed.

This is very instructive. From the times of antiquity, God was making it known that his mode of interpreting and revealing hidden or secret things were through his prophets. What about today? There are yet many secret and hidden things mentioned in the bible. For example, the seven thunders were mentioned, yet never revealed and interpreted. Similarly, the dream of Nebuchadnezzar was not revealed and interpreted until Daniel the prophet came on the scene.  The bible speaks elsewhere that young men shall “dream dreams and have visions.” There are also many mysteries to be revealed which are written in symbolic prophecies.

One of the identifying marks of God’s church throughout the ages is the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy. The book of the Revelation, in 19:10 says:  “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

But through whom is this spirit of prophecy revealed? “…And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” Revelation 22: 8-9. Clearly the fellow servant is of our brethren the prophets. So the prophetic gift must be resident among us, because this is the way the scriptures are revealed that were once sealed.

Daniel and the Spirit of Prophecy tell the time and generation in which the prophecy will be finally fulfilled:

Daniel 2:28 “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days

Sister White testified: “…But since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased” {GC88 356.2}

So Daniel’s latter days must commence at the unsealing (revealing) of the prophecy since 1798. Therefore, we are now living in the latter days—  the last days.

What does the image represent?

Daniel 2:38: head of gold represents Babylon.

Daniel 2:39: breast and his arms of silver represent Medo-Persia.

Daniel 2:39: belly and his thighs of brass represent Greece.

Daniel 2:40: legs of iron represent Rome.

Daniel 2:41: feet of iron and clay represent the world today— Not ruled by one major political power or country— Multi-sectarian.

Clearly the image depicts the various kingdoms of man as opposed to the kingdom of God.

PK 495: “The whole image of a man represents the kingdom of man”— the State.

What does the  Mountain represent?

There are 5 main verses in the Bible that tell us what a mountain represents in prophecy:

Zech. 8:3,

Daniel 9: 16 and 20,

Isaiah 2:2 and

Micah 4:2.

These verses make it plain that God’s people were likened to a mountain, especially in Daniel’s prayer in behalf of God’s “holy mountain.” As we know, a mountain cannot be literally described as “holy.” Furthermore, the subject of his intercession was for God’s people, who were many years under the Babylonian captivity on account of their transgressions.

Clearly then, the mountain represents the “house of God,” His church.

Note also that the terms Israel, Jerusalem and Zion are all synonymous with God’s church.

God always has a people, the church, throughout all the period of history until this very day. Therefore, the image and the mountain existed contemporaneously (at the same time).

The church identified in different periods:

Who were some of the recorded followers of God in the time of the “head of gold”— the kingdom of Babylon?

Daniel and the Hebrews made up the mountain, which represented God’s church then.

Who were some of the recorded followers of God in the time of the “legs of iron”— the kingdom of Rome?

The apostles and followers made up the mountain, which represented the Apostolic church then.

Which is God’s mountain or church today, in the period of the feet—this present world?

The SDA church is represented by the great mountain. It is now over 16 million people and continues to grow strong.

The Mountain represents the church and the Image represents the state. These are the two divisions of governments in the world today.

What does the stone represent?

According to the Bible, where was the stone taken from?

Daniel 2:45 “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain…”

Now that we have established from the scripture that the stone was cut from the mountain, let us now see what the stone represents.

The stone must be made up of similar material to that of the mountain from which it was taken. The stone is “a chip off the old block.” The parent material (the block) is composed of similar material from which the chip is made and so it is, in relation to the stone from its mountain, the parent.

If the mountain is symbolic of God’s church today (the great proportion of advent people) then what would a small portion “cut out” of the mountain be?

It is clear that a small portion of God’s people is the church separated.

The stone from the mountain represents a small portion of God’s people.

Here is the Bible verse that proves that a stone represents God’s people, (the church) Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:3 “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

We have seen thus far that God uses different symbols to represent the church in different times under varying circumstances.

To further elucidate this point:

If God wants to represent the church carrying the gospel message from one location to another -traveling to and fro the earth – which symbol would be most fittingly used? — Chariots and horses (Zechariah 6:1)

If God wants to represent the church as destroying  kingdoms and nations which symbol would be most fittingly used? Stone or battle ax (Daniel 2:34 and Jer. 51:20)

If God wants to represent the church bringing in converts –children of God into her communion- which symbol would be most fittingly used?— Woman(Revelation 12,  Ephesians 5:24)

If God wants to represent the church as a light-bearing agent- giving light to the world – which symbol would be the most fittingly used?—  candlestick (Revelation1:20 )

If God wants to represent the church as being strong, immovable, withstanding the fierce and relentless fury of persecution, severe tests and trials, which symbol would be most fittingly used?— Mountain ( Daniel 9: 20)

Cut out” represents the separation

Note the stone was “cut out”, or separated. A separation is to take place in the mountain (SDA church). A stone (a small number of people) is to be separated from a mountain (a large number of people).

Here is the clincher that clearly shows the separation:

The phrase from Daniel 2:35 “…like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors…” denotes a period of harvest because the word “threshing” actually means separation. This is unequivocally the separation of the wheat from the tares which is symbolized by the separation of the stone from the mountain.

God employs these 3 symbols to depict the separation of  two classes of people found in His church:

the sheep from goats,

the wheat from tares,

and the stone from the mountain.

  All speak of the same event: the separation in the church.

How was the stone “cut out”? “Without hands”

An action performed “without hands” is attributed to the supernatural. So this separation of a small proportion of people (the stone) from a proportionately large amount of people (the mountain) is a supernatural act.

Matt 13:41 “The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.”

The kingdom here is the church (the institution where people recognize that God is indeed the King overall) and the saints are the subjects. Notice that He will remove “them which do iniquity” (the tares) and retain all who please Him (the wheat).

Let us now follow these instructions to read and study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel:

3T 267.1:“Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel…”

MR 260.1: “Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled…”

This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also was a witness to this most startling revelation. He saw the sea and the waves roaring, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He beheld the earth moved, and the mountains carried into the midst of the sea (which is literally taking place), the water thereof roaring and troubled, and the mountains shaking with the swelling thereof. He was shown plagues, pestilence, famine, and death performing their terrible mission.” TM 445.2

The statement from the Spirit of Prophecy that further validates that the angels will do the separation: “The time of the harvest will fully determine the character of the two classes specified under the figure of the tares and the wheat. The work of separation is given to the angels of God, and not committed into the hands of any man.” {TM 47.2}

All of this clearly shows that the separation is performed by supernatural beings (the angels) and is a supernatural act.

While the stone was separated and retained (sealed), the mountain (the  great proportion) was decimated by God’s angels.

The Spirit of Prophecy says:

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The very atmosphere is polluted with sin. Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers.” 5T 136.1

This “great proportion” of the mountain will prove to be “base metal”—that which is to be dispensed with after the pure stone is removed.

Where does the stone smite the image?

Dan 2:34 “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet”…….

What period of time do the “feet and toes” of the image fall under?

1T 360-361: “Our position on the image of Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the toes.”

Therefore, the toes represent the present world. The Stone Church (144,000) will be established in the present world.

In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up kingdom

Daniel 2:44 “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

The stone smites the image in the period of the feet (the period of the toe kings) not before or after, but  in the days of these kings (present day rulers), the present world. Here the Bible plainly teaches that while the present world kingdoms exist, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom, represented by the stone, that will decimate the kingdoms of this present world and reign supreme. Speaking of this stone-represented Kingdom, the Spirit of Prophecy says: “…It is the Kingdom of Christ represented by the stone which became a great mountain” PK 495

What became of the stone after it smote the image?

Daniel 2:35 “…and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”

 Naturally speaking, when does a stone become a great mountain? It is after many other stones are added and cemented unto it by nature.

 Spiritually speaking, how does the stone (a relatively small number of God’s people) become a great mountain (a great multitude of people)?

1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

The Spirit of Prophecy says:

6T 435 “We are built up as living stones, and every stone is to emit light. Every Christian is compared to a precious stone that catches the glory of God and reflects it.

Clearly then, this small number of people represented by the stone will become a large number of people by more people being added to it.

As previously established, the mountain as it stands today is the “great proportion” of Seventh-day Adventists that numbers over 16 million and is still growing.

From this large number of people, how many will constitute the stone when it is finally cut out of the mountain?

Who does the stone specifically represent?

Daniel 2:28 says that this event of separation will transpire in the “latter days”, (last days) the closing of time.

The Spirit of  Prophecy speaking of  a number of saints to be gathered in the latter days (doing the closing work for the church) says: “The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of the faithful and plain, dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God’s professed people.” 3T 266.2

The stone specifically represents the 144,000 or the small portion of God’s church in its infancy. They will then gather the great multitude of saints. Revelation 7:9  “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

This is how the stone (144,000) grew and became a great mountain, a great multitude of saints. Let’s illustrate this with the experience of the early Christian church. Acts 1:15. The little company of the apostles numbering 12 according to Acts 1:15 (they were the small stone then) was separated from the Jewish church (the mountain then), after they preached the day of Pentecost 3000 precious stones (people) were added to the church and God added stones (people)  daily such as should be saved according to Acts 2:41and 47. Hence the stone grew as it were.

No question— the stone does not represent Christ

The idea that the stone represents Christ is now proven by the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy to be totally discredited by these facts:

The mountain from which the stone came has not a single reference in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy to be a representation of Heaven.

All references point to the mountain as symbolical of the church.

This is crucial because the Bible and SOP teach that:

Christ will return from Heaven. Acts 3:20-21 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16

The stone fills the earth— grows and becomes a great mountain on the earth. Daniel 2: 35 Christ does not touch the earth at His second coming.1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The stone represents the Kingdom of Christ—Not Christ Himself. & “…It is the Kingdom of Christ represented by the stone which became a great mountain.” PK 495

What constitutes a kingdom?

A kingdom is a composition of  3 coexisting and inseparable

entities: king—the ruler— the one who presides over the

subjects— the people who the king reigns over and        geographical location— the literal physical place or territory        where the kingdom is located.

Assyria

Among the cities of the ancient world in the days of divided Israel one of the greatest was Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian realm. Founded on the fertile bank of the Tigris, soon after the dispersion from the tower of Babel, it had flourished through the centuries until it had become “an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.” Jonah 3:3.
In the time of its temporal prosperity Nineveh was a center of crime and wickedness. Inspiration has characterized it as “the bloody city, full of lies and robbery.” In figurative language the prophet Nahum compared the Ninevites to a cruel, ravenous lion. Nahum 3:1, 19. {Prophets and Kings 265.2}

More than a century before the beginning of the Babylonish captivity, the Assyrian kings had devastated Samaria and Galilee, and had taken into captivity many thousands of Israelites belonging to the ten tribes. The conquering kings repopulated Samaria with colonies of heathen peoples from widely separated parts of the Assyrian realm. These heathen intermarried with the Israelites who had been allowed to remain in the land; and thus originated a mixed race known as the Samaritans. {Review and Herald, April 25, 1907 par. 2}

What though the armies of Assyria, fresh from the conquest of the greatest nations of earth, and triumphant over Samaria in Israel, should now turn their forces against Judah? {Prophets and Kings 351.3}

The Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. . . . Under his shadow dwelt all great nations. Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. {Prophets and Kings 363.1}

The Assyrian power to the northward, long supreme, was no longer to rule the nations. Egypt on the south, in whose power the king of Judah was vainly placing his trust, was soon to receive a decided check. All unexpectedly a new world power, the Babylonian Empire, was rising to the eastward and swiftly overshadowing all other nations. {Prophets and Kings 422.1}

Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin. Isa. 23:13

The rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire is rich in lessons for the nations of earth today. Inspiration has likened the glory of Assyria at the height of her prosperity to a noble tree in the garden of God, towering above the surrounding trees. {Prophets and Kings 362.1}

Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered? 2 Kings 19:11

The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time. {Prophets and Kings 366.1}

God’s servants are now to proclaim faithfully his Word in all lands, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; for the Lord has “set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”{Review and Herald, February 27, 1908 par. 6}

The pride of Assyria and its fall are to serve as an object lesson to the end of time… “The pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart away.” Zech. 10:11. This is true not only of the nations that arrayed themselves against God in ancient times but also of the nations of earth today who fail of fulfilling the divine purpose. ” . . . Through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps.” Isa. 30:29-32. {Review and Herald, June 3, 1915 par. 18}

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” These words outline our work. This scripture is to be received by our people as a message for today. {Review and Herald, June 23, 1904 par. 10 – 11}

“Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. Zechariah 8:7 – 8

“Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.” The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not. A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
In this representation of the prophet, we see that Satan is at work not only with worldlings, who have not the fear and love of God before them, but also with those who profess faith in Christ. Here are plainly represented two distinct parties, formed from a company that was once united. The members of one of these parties are in resistance to the will of God. They have taken themselves from the side of the loyal and true, and are now resisting the warnings of the Spirit of God. To the obedient the Lord will be “for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”…”And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared [mark that word], and be taken.” Notwithstanding all their knowledge of the Word of God, all their light, and their position as expositors of Bible truth, many shall “stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” The ruin of this class is certain. Then the charge is given, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”…”And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: shall not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
This warning is given for the days in which we are now living. {Review and Herald, July 18, 1907 par. 4 – 11}

My Instructor slowly and solemnly spoke the following words: “Form a confederacy; to whom they shall say, ‘Form a confederacy, and they shall be broken in pieces.” Three times were these words spoken. “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us.” {Publishing Ministry 150.4}

The very highest obligation is resting upon us. Satan is standing ready, burning with zeal to inspire the whole confederacy of satanic agencies, that he may cause them to unite with evil men, and bring upon the believers of truth speedy and severe suffering. {Counsels to Writings 61.2}

“‘For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.’ ‘To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’ Isa. 8:11-13, 20. The world is not to be our criterion. Let the Lord work, let the Lord’s voice be heard. {Life Sketches 322.1}

A desperate confederacy will be formed among those who are breaking the law of God, and who are teaching others to transgress its precepts. They will make decrees to oppose God’s commandment-keeping people. ” . . . Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian; he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.” {Review and Herald, August 20, 1895 par. 1}

The professed Protestant world will form a confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in corrupt harmony. {Last Day Events 130.3}

The subject of Nineveh, her lengthened probation, and the consequent grief of Jonah, was presented to me as a parallel case with our own disappointment of 1844. {Signs of the Times, May 4, 1876 par. 15}

No Confederacy With Those Opposing the Truth.–Let the watchmen on the walls of Zion not join with those who are making of none effect the truth as it is in Christ. Let them not join the confederacy of infidelity, popery, and Protestantism in exalting tradition above Scripture, reason above revelation, and human talent above the divine influence and the vital power of godliness (Review & Herald March 24, 1896). {4 Bible Commentary 1141.7}

“So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. And the LORD showed me four carpenters. Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.” Zechariah 1: 14 – 21

“Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.” Jeremiah 50:17

… literal fulfillment in the captivity of Israel in Assyria and of Judah in Babylon. {Prophets and Kings 296.1}

After the destruction of the temple, the whole city soon fell into the hands of the Romans…Titus …declared that God had given them into his hands; for no engines, however powerful, could have prevailed against those stupendous battlements. Both the city and the temple were razed to their foundations, and the ground upon which the holy house had stood was “plowed like a field.” Jeremiah 26:18. In the siege and the slaughter that followed, more than a million of the people perished; the survivors were carried away as captives, sold as slaves, dragged to Rome to grace the conqueror’s triumph, thrown to wild beasts in the amphitheaters, or scattered as homeless wanderers throughout the earth. The Jews … In the utter destruction that befell them as a nation…were but reaping the harvest which their own hands had sown. {Great Controversy 35 – 36}

“These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1: 19

Zechariah had a most encouraging series of visions regarding the work of God in the earth. These messages, written out in the first six chapters of the book of Zechariah, were given in the form of parables and symbols…After an introductory view of the nations having universal dominion in the earth {Review & Herald, Dec 26, 1907 par. 7-20}

“For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 31: 7 – 9

“The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.” Zephaniah 2:11 – 13

In the history of Nineveh there is a lesson which you should study carefully. {The Southern Work 80.3}

The subject of Nineveh, her lengthened probation, and the consequent grief of Jonah, was presented to me as a parallel case with our own disappointment of 1844. {Signs of the Times, May 4, 1876 par. 15}

“That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.” Isaiah 14: 25 – 26

Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin. Isa. 23:13

Study the history of Nineveh. …Read the history… Where are the watchmen? The Lord declares that unless the cities shall change their characteristics, the saloons will be replaced. In the calamity that befell San Francisco, the Lord designed to wipe out the saloons that have been the source of great evils; and yet the officiating guardians, the men who are placed in responsible positions, prove unfaithful to their trust by legalizing the sale of liquor. Poisonous drugs are mingled with the liquor. Men form the habit of using these drugs, and the appetite for such things is very powerful.
{2 Sermons and Talks Vol. 2 279.2 – 5}

“And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver… And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” Micah 5:5 – 15

God will be with His people just as long as they follow His directions. If He says to one, Go to Nineveh, and warn the inhabitants of that wicked city of their danger, He sends His angels with His servant to protect him till his work is done. But we need to remember that in our association and connection with the depraved, there are bounds and barriers which cannot safely be overstepped. {Battle Creek Letters 38.3}

“For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.” Isaiah 30:31

“Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.” Isaiah 10:12

“Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?” Nahum 3:18 – 19

The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. {Mar 193.4}

The so-called Christian nations claim superiority over all others, yet they are not doers of the words of Christ any more than were the Jews. {Sabbath-School Worker, January 1, 1895 par. 4}

Yet millions and millions of dollars are spent in distilleries, where is made the liquor which ruins the souls and bodies of men. This life-destroying, maddening agency is dealt out by professedly Christian nations. {The Signs of the Times, July 4, 1900 par. 3}

Certain countries have advantages that mark them as centres of education and influence. In the English-speaking nations and the Protestant nations of Europe it is comparatively easy to find access to the people, and there are many advantages for establishing institutions and carrying forward our work. In some other lands, such as India and China … at every step there are great difficulties to be encountered in the work. In America, Australia, England, and some other European countries, many of these impediments do not exist. {General Conference Bulletin, October 1, 1901 par. 18}

The Chinese New Year commences in February, and lasts one week. They have a custom of settling all quarrels between themselves and all outstanding debts; and if there are any who are unable to pay their debts, they are forgiven them. Thus the new year is commenced with all difficulties and accounts settled. This is a heathen custom that the Christian world would do well to imitate. {RH, December 16, 1884 par. 4}

In nearly all parts of Europe the laws are more or less oppressive upon those who observe the Sabbath. But there are few countries in which the difficulties in the way of presenting the truth are greater than in Russia. Proselyting from the State church is forbidden; preaching by dissenters is prohibited; even colportage must be conducted with great caution, or the missionary will render himself liable to imprisonment, or exile to Siberia. {Signs of the Times, December 8, 1887 par. 13}

The so-called Christian world is to be the theater of great and decisive actions. {LDE 136.4}

The whole heathen world will rise up in judgment against those whom heaven has favored the most, but who have placed themselves on Satan’s side, and worked in his lines to bring their soul-destroying narcotics to foreign lands, to pollute and destroy the heathen nations with their defiling and health-destroying drugs. For the sake of a revenue, a professedly Christian nation have forced their traffic upon the heathen nations at the point of the sword, and thus compelled them to accept their merchandise, which would in using degrade the people below the level of the brute creation.– Manuscript Releases Volume Three [Nos. 162-209] 341.3}