Commentary On Revelation – Chapter 11

As we begin this important study today let us pray. “Eternal God of Israel, we come before your throne of grace asking for your Divine favor. Please guide us as we seek to understand more fully your holy word, especially Rev. 11:1-18. Thank for hearing our prayer and doing more than we could ask or think. In the sacred and holy name of your only Son, Jesus, we ask it. Amen.”

There is a wonderful promise in James 1:5 that each of us should claim as we begin our study today. Listen: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” This is from the King James Version (KJV) with its 16th century expressions as we see here in the word upbraideth. What does this word actually mean? Actually upbraid is from Middle English “upbreiden” and Old English “upbregdan” which is simply up + pull which came to mean “to rebuke severely or bitterly; to censure sharply, scold.” Upbraid also means to “rebuke, lecture or take to task.” When a mother is braiding her daughter’s hair that little girl knows what it means to be “upbraided” when the mother yanks on her hair to make a point. James is saying, “God is not like that.” When you come to Him for help when you have a problem in life you cannot solve He doesn’t “upbraid” you or in other words chew you out for bothering Him. Psalm 111:4 tells us our “Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” This is His divine character of love which never changes. “I am the Lord, I change not.” Malachi 3:6; Ps. 89:34, Heb. 13:8, James 1:17.

That is the reason I am asking Him to help me all the time in my mind, praying without ceasing. This is what I did about four days ago regarding Rev. 11 when I took some time out to relax and take a sauna. It was during this little 20 minute time out that Jesus told me what I needed to know to write this article I am going to share with you today.

Some Bible students and most Bible scholars believe they already know everything they need to know about chapter 11 of Revelation and all of Revelation, for that matter. But this close minded attitude shuts out more light the Lord wants to shed on this final book of the Bible. In addition to that the servant of the Lord has told us “God intends that, even in this life, truth shall be ever unfolding.” 5T 703.

In fact we are told quite emphatically, “We must not think, ‘Well, we have all the truth, we understand the main pillars of our faith, and we may rest on this knowledge.’ Truth is an advancing truth and we must walk in the increasing light.” Evang. 296, 297. And again, “No matter by whom light is sent, we should open our hearts to receive it with the meekness of Christ.” GW 301. And then this one is my favorite: “New light will ever be revealed on the word of God to him who is in living connection with the Son of Righteousness. Let no one come to the conclusion that there is no more truth to be revealed. The diligent, prayerful seeker for truth will find precious rays of light yet to shine forth from the word of God. Many gems are yet scattered that are to be gathered together to become the property of the remnant people of god.” “Counsels to Writers and Editors,” page 35.

We also know that as current events unroll the prophetic scroll it will become clear to those who are “walking in the advancing light” what the true interpretation of Daniel and Revelation really is and just what their duty will be.

Gabriel told Daniel that his book would be sealed until the Time of the End, Dan. 12:9 which we believe is now. “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Vs. 10. This brings us to Rev. 11:1 where John tells us that he was given a “measuring rod like a staff” and then instructed by the angel to “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.” NAS.

Except for a few brave souls who chose to differ, the standard interpretation of this chapter has not changed since the days of Uriah Smith, author of the book, “DANIEL AND THE REVELATION.” Even the book, “THE GREAT CONTROVERSY,” is in basic agreement along with the SDA Bible Commentary. What I wish to share with you today may be considered an up-date from these 19th century interpretations. Although the measuring of the temple (church) is suggestive of a time of Judgment for the professed believers and worshipers inside it also is a promise of restoration and preservation for the Master builder would not be taking the time to measure (judge or make decisions) His people unless He planned to complete the building of the temple by having His servant John measure the worshipers which means He is checking to see how they are coming along…to see if they are “measuring up” yet. It also means He is in the process of making some choices regarding who is ready for the barley harvest, to be translated or harvested, and who is not, as we understand from the parable of the wheat and tares, Matt. 13 or the parable of the Virgins. Some were wise and planned ahead by taking extra oil in their vessels while the foolish neglected to do so and arrived too late to go into the Wedding or Marriage Feast.

Sincere believers have been studying the temple or sanctuary service in heaven since 1844. Various theories and interpretations have been developed over the years contradicting each other. Most of these have been abandoned along with other beliefs and doctrines by many sincere seekers for truth. But a Remnant have persevered and entered INTO THE FATHER’S HEART or Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary…the very heart of God, the Father, which Jesus revealed to us by His perfect life, death and resurrection. It is this understanding of the character of God that has made this study possible today.

Here is a comment to enlighten us about vs. 2. “The court. In the temple of Herod, which John had known well, there was an inner court divided into the Court of the Women, the Court of Israel, and the Court of the Priests. Beyond these was a great outer court, the Court of the Gentiles. A barrier–a ‘middle wall of partition’ (Eph. 2:14)–divided the outer and inner courts, and no Gentile was allowed to pass the barrier on pain of death (see Vol. V, 67). In view of the fact that the court mentioned here is ‘given unto the Gentiles,’ it would appear that John has this great outer court particularly in mind. The court has been regarded as representing this earth in contrast with the ‘temple of God’ in heaven.” Page 801. 7 BC. John was told only to check or measure those who are worshiping God with a full and true heart. These true believers would be the watchmen on the walls of Zion, who would comprise or make up the first phase of the harvest, which is the barley harvest (Little Company, EW 271) and then the wheat would follow. The Gentiles would indicate the rest of humanity which will come later in the Grape Harvest. So, there are three phases of the harvest, 1. Barley. 2. Wheat. 3. Grapes. For a symbol of the barley, study the life of Gideon in Judges 6 and 7 and the Book of Ruth and then the Life of Jesus Christ. His whole life is an example to us but especially His three and one years of ministry and then His death, resurrection, ascension to heaven, return for forty days and then ascension again from the Mount of Olives while about 500 watched Him go up and then the descent of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. All of these events or stages will be repeated in the lives of this Little Company or Barley Group.

The forty two months is the same period of time as the 1260 days of Rev. 12 and Dan 12 and the times, time and a half of time. The treading down or trampling under foot of the Holy City has always been interpreted as meaning the persecution of God’s people. The interpretation of this 1260 days has been that this represents “days of years” or a day representing a year. I have no doubt that this was acceptable and ok for the 19th century and most of the 20th century but as the scroll is unrolling and more knowledge is being given to understand these prophecies we can see that the end-time application of this time period is actual days, just as it reads.

Now, when the Bible states that God is going to make a short work upon the earth and it will not by might or power but by “my spirit,” that is just what He means. As I was about to begin this paragraph I had in mind to explain the work of the Two Witnesses and the power God is going to give them and what the Greek word for power means, which I will do shortly. But the Lord spoke to me and told me to look up two verses and explain them first.

The first is Zechariah 4:6. When I looked it up the Lord impressed me to read verses 1-6 which is probably where John received His information and inspiration to write Rev. 11. I didn’t know this and was really shocked to see these verses are a parallel to Rev. 11. “Then the angel who had been talking with me woke me, as though I had been asleep. ‘What do you see now?’ he asked. I answered, ‘I see a golden lampstand holding seven lamps, and at the top there is a reservoir for the olive oil that feeds the lamps, flowing into them through seven tubes (pipes, KJV) And I see two olive trees carved upon the lampstand, one on each side of the reservoir. What is it, sir?’ I asked. ‘What does this mean?’ Don’t you really know?’ the angel asked. ‘No, sir,’ I said, ‘I don’t.’ Then he said, ‘This is God’s message to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts-you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.’ Therefore no mountain, (government) however high, (powerful) can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him! And Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.” Zech. 4:6, 7. LB. Paul says in Rom. 9:28: “For He (God) will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.” KJV. This places the emphases upon the righteousness of the messengers. But let’s take a look at the same verse from a different perspective, looking at it from the stand point of how this final message will affect the wicked and cause them to react.

The LB says, “For the Lord will execute His sentence upon the earth, quickly ending His dealings, justly cutting them short.” Rom. 9:28. LB . Although this is Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase in his famous “Living Bible” it cuts to the heart of what is going to happen when the full import of the message hits the masses and they react to it with a terrible violence never before seen in the earth. “And I will call for a sword again him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God:; every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” Ezek. 38:21.

Before we deal with the message of the Two Witnesses and identify them let me explain the interpretation of the Two Witnesses that was given in the book, “THE GREAT CONTROVERSY,” in the chapter entitled, “THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.” In a sentence, the interpretation was that these “Two Olive Trees” and “Two Candle Sticks” which are also called “MY TWO WITNESSES” vs. 3-6 are simply the OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS OF THE HOLY BIBLE. Uriah Smith took this same position as did also the SDA Bible Commentary. Considerable space is devoted in all three of these works to the history of the French Revolution in France. “SDAs, who generally understand the beast of v. 7 to represent the First French Republic (1789 to 1801), especially in terms of its antireligious bias, find this prophecy fulfilled during that brief period in French revolutionary history when atheism was at its height. This period may be reckoned from Nov. 26, 1793, when a decree, issued in Paris, abolished religion, to June 17, 1797, when, it is held, the French government removed restrictions against the practice of religion.”

7 BC 803. “Three years and a half later a resolution rescinding these decrees, thus granting toleration to the Scripture, was adopted by the same body.” GC 287. On the same page is listed various Bible societies that were organized to circulate the Bible into hundreds of languages and dialects. This was considered the fulfillment of the two witnesses being resurrected and being called up to heaven. I believe that was a first or minor fulfillment of this prophecy, but a much greater fulfillment remains for these two witnesses.

For a clearer understanding of this future event let us scroll forward to Rev. 12:5 where John predicts the same event using different terms and symbols. “And she (mother church through the ages until the first phase (barley) of the second coming) brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” The phrase, “Man Child” is used only four times in the entire bible. The first time is Jer 20:15, but was not used in a prophetic sense. Next is Isa. 66:7 which is a prophecy which correlates with the last two times Man Child is used in the Bible which is found in Rev 12:5. To understand the meaning of reference in Isaiah you need to begin at verse 5 where we see that this “man child” represents a group of people who are hated for standing up for Jesus’ Name (character). But they are also called “a nation” which appears suddenly or is “born” in one day (short period of time) and is a parallel to the church of Philadelphia (only perfect church of the 7 churches, Rev. 3:7-12) which was especially commended because they had not “denied my name,” which is His character, which we also know is the final message to go to the world, “A revelation of His character of love.” COL 415.

Now, let’s go back to Rev. 11 and notice that these Two Witnesses have great power to preach the Word of God, which is what the Two Witnesses represent…the Word of God, Old and New Testaments, in other words THE WHOLE TESTIMONY OF GOD. They come on the stage of action at just the right time (Dios Perfecto Tiempo, which is Spanish for God’s Perfect Timing) and they give the exact message God has planned for them to give at this specific time. The woman who gives birth to these Two Witnesses (Barley Group) is pictured in Rev. 12:1 as being pregnant, clothed or robed with the sun and standing on the moon. The woman represents God’s true and pure church which He has used through the ages to carry His true message from generation to generation and age to age until this final segment of time in which a Remnant is finally born. This is the Man Child who comes to the fullness of maturity and perfection in Christ, just as He did in 30 years. He was the perfect example for this Barley group who are also brought to perfection through trials and tribulations God designed specifically for each of them.

The term “Man Child” is a generic term meaning a human being just as Hosea 11:1 refers to Israel as God’s son even though Israel, as a nation, consisted of both males and females. This is a special characteristic of the Hebrew language, that it will take one item (person or object) such as “son” or “barley loaf” or “tent” (referring to Gideon’s experience in Judges 6 & 7) and linguistically use it to represent many things. For example, the son represents all 12 tribes of Israel, the barley loaf represents Gideon and his 300 soldiers and the tent represents the 135,000 hordes of heathen (NWO) who are preparing to destroy Israel. The word “God” itself (Elohim) has a plurality built into it as we read in Gen. 1:26 where we read “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”

We also need to notice that although this pure, pregnant, woman has been robed with the brightness and glory of the sun she is standing on the moon. The moon is symbolical of the Old Testament foundation and witness for the church while the glory of the sun represents the transition to the New Testament through which she has passed from law to the perfection of God’s grace in order to prepare her to give birth to Jesus in His time frame and then the Man Child in his time frame, 2,000 years later at the close of the age, according to God’s perfect timing. Actually, the birthing or coming forth of the Man Child has two phases. The first is in the person of Jesus Christ, our perfect example and the second is the Barley Group which is also symbolized by the Son and King in Psalm 2, the Sons of God in Rom. 8:19, the Two Witnesses, the Man Child, The Army of Joel 1 and 2 and Rev. 19, the rock cut out of the mountain without hands in Dan. 2:45, the “Wise” of Dan. 12:3, the “Elect” of Matt. 24:22-24, the “Branch” of Jer. 33:15 and others.

In order to understand the important work the Two Witnesses will perform one needs to read about the Little Company in the book, “EARLY WRITINGS,” 269 and on. Although the Servant of the Lord emphasizes the power this Company has to speak out the truth (for 3 ½ years) Rev. 11:3 predicts that they will prophesy in sackcloth (a symbol of deep sorrow and mourning, 2 Sam. 3:31; 2 Kings 19:1, 2). So, what are they mourning about? What is the cause of their sorrow? Listen to the pen dipped in the ink of heaven. “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 Thess. 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.” COL 414, 415.

Now, on the very next page we read what their message will be, regarding the Name of God, which is rejected and denied by their brethren, who hate them, as they hated Jeremiah and all the prophets. “Behold,” say 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.” Isa. 60:2. It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy and truth…(Isa. 40:9, 10 then quoted) Those who wait for the Bridegroom’s coming are to say to the people, ‘Behold your God.’ The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love.” COL 415.

Now, let’s look quickly at Rev. 11:7 which takes us to the close of the first 3 ½ years, which is half way through the last seven years of this earth’s history. What a wonderful and loving Heavenly Father we have who let’s us know the future in advance. Not only is He revealing the exact plans of the enemy, He is also telling us how to escape Satan’s traps and to defeat the Synagogue of Satan (Rev. 3:9) which is the New World Order of our day. God never does anything without first giving many warnings in advance. “If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? (A trumpet is a signal for war) If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? (God is portrayed in the Scriptures as the causative factor for all the events of life, good or bad, Isa. 45:7) Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He (first) reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.

So, these chosen ones who make up this little “Barley Group or Company” will preach the truth of God’s word in bodies of flesh for 3 ½ years. Their message will be similar to that of Elijah and the prophets of His day who rebuked King Ahab and his wicked Queen Jezebel who had killed all of the prophets of Jehovah. Although there were still 7,000 believers they were all hiding out. Elijah had not heard so much as a little peep from any of them and had no idea they even existed until God told him that He had preserved unto Himself 7,000 who had not bowed down and kissed Baal. He was the only one who was standing up in public against the New World Order of that day. So, this is the situation that will exist again in our day. It is going to be a very lonely job. Rev. 11:7 tells us that when this Barley Company has “finished their testimony” after 3 ½ years the beast from the bottomless pit is going to make war against them and kill them. Because of the prophecy of Malachi 3:16-18 we already know that God is not going to let His “Jewels” die. He will “spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.” vs. 17. Therefore, we know that this death they die at the hands of the New World Order (Beast from the bottomless pit) is not a literal, physical death but a slandering of their character similar to what happened in France to the Holy Bible during the French Revolution when in 1793 they publicly burned the Bible claiming that it had caused “all the fooleries…which…the human race” had committed. GC 276. This was the result of centuries of suppression of the Scriptures during the period of papal supremacy (538 AD to 1798 AD) when Rome’s policy, under the disguise and profession of reverence for the Bible, kept it locked up in an unknown tongue (Latin) and hidden away from the people. All during this period, “Rome had misrepresented the character of God and perverted His requirements, and now men rejected both the Bible and its Author. She had required a blind faith in her dogmas, under the pretended sanction of the Scriptures. In the reaction, Voltaire and his associates cast aside God’s word altogether and spread everywhere the poison of infidelity. Rome had ground down the people under her iron heel; and now the masses, degraded and brutalized, in their recoil from her tyranny, cast off all restraint. Enraged at the glittering cheat to which they had so long paid homage, they rejected truth and falsehood together; and mistaking license for liberty, the slaves of vice exulted in their imagined freedom.” GC 282.

Since the printing of these words in the late 19th century (1888) organized religion has continued the work of Rome by slandering God’s true character of love by presenting Him as an angry and offended deity who seeks only to pour retribution upon all those who do not obey every detail of every law organized religion has dreamed up in whatever faith a person may choose. The one common thread that runs through every organized religion on the face of the earth is that God destroys people by various means. The aberrations of nature are called ACTS OF GOD and the Catholic Church especially pictures God as sitting upon a throne in heaven, far removed from us sinners. He and even His Son Jesus are unapproachable except through the Virgin Mary who will intercede for us now and at the time of our death. Although Protestants do not profess faith in Mary as an intercessor they still teach a wrathful God which has turned millions away from the Blessed Saviour.

Fortunately, there have been a few brave souls in all religious persuasions who have tried to present a more benign portrait of God, but they have been far and few between. As a result, the multitudes have turned to Eastern religions, the occult, alcohol, drugs and the Psychics for comfort, solace and guidance. Some have even been seduced into the worship of Lucifer and Satan with the promise of power, drugs and free sex. Jesus prophesied correctly that the leading sign of the end would be deception and warned us, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Matt. 24:4. As never before, the multitudes of earth are ripe for deception. Riding on a cloud of false hope for a bright future and a supposed strong economy the USA and much of the world are wading knee deep and rising in a cash filled society with no thought that it could collapse over the weekend even though the stock market has given many warning signs of its instability. The lessons of the 1929 stock crash are so far removed from this generation’s mind as to never even have occurred. Yet, history will repeat according to all of the experts whose voices are lost in the din of daily trading. Jesus’ warning has never been more apropos than now. Listen:

“Be on your guard, so that your hearts are not overloaded with dissipation, drunkenness and worldly cares, and that day takes you by surprise like a trap, (snare) for it will come upon all the inhabitants of the globe. But you be vigilant and pray unceasingly so that you may have strength to escape all those impending events and to stand (or arrive) in the presence of (or before) the Son of Man (Jesus).” Luke 21: 34-36. This is the verse that the Lord directed me to read after I had prayed on my knees for about ten minutes one day after reading about the NWO’s plan to arrest and place in prison camps all who dare speak out against them. That was about three years ago and ever since then He has been revealing to me through the Scriptures, individuals, videos, books and supernatural means of various kinds His plan to warn God’s professed people first, for judgment (decision making re: God’s character) must begin first with the house (church) of God. I Pet. 4:17.

The next verse He led me to read was Rev. 11:15 which reveals more about these “Two Witnesses.” “And the seventh (7th) angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Like most people I had always believed that the Lord was the Father and His Christ was Jesus. But that is not what it means at all. The Lord here is the Lord Jesus and His “Christos” (meaning “anointed”) is this special group we have been talking about which we have identified as THE BARLEY COMPANY and these “TWO WITNESSES” who will stand alone, each in their own country, province, state, county, city, town and village scattered throughout the earth. They will be supernaturally, divinely led and guided and protected by the Holy Spirit and God’s holy angels to deliver a two fold message, just like a two edged sword. The first side of this sword is a message about the true character of God that He has never hurt or killed anyone. That He is totally innocent of all the false charges Satan, his evil angels and wicked men confederated with them through the ages have heaped upon the sacred and holy Name of our God.

Isaiah 25:7 has predicted that God is going to remove and take away a veil or covering of deception that is presently upon all the nations of the earth. In Isa. 24:23 we read that this is going to take place when “the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion.” Read all of Isa. 24 regarding what is going to be happening during the last seven years of this earth’s history, especially during the last 3 ½ years. “And He will destroy in (or through) this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.” Isa. 25:7. The servant of the Lord has revealed how this will be done. “It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. HIS CHARACTER IS TO BE MADE KNOWN. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth.” COL 415. Notice there beloved, that EGW states that the very glory (character) the Lord revealed to Moses as “MY NAME” is the very message that is to be the final message to go to the world. See Exodus 33:18, 19. Now, in this same book we read, “GOD DESTROYS NO MAN.” COL 84. If you want more proof from the Bible and the writings of EGW I have prepared just such a document entitled, “UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWING THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD IN THESE LAST DAYS OF EARTH’S HISTORY. A Compilation of Bible Scripture and EGW Quotations Which Prove that God has Never Hurt or Killed Anyone.” This document is available to you for only $2.95 postpaid.

So, the same spirit that was in power during the time of the French Revolution still exists again. They went underground for awhile but rose again in the form of Communism and Nazism which seems to be dead but is in reality very much still alive. So, as all these evil forces join together into one grand and deceptive confederacy to make war against all who try and stand up against them to oppose their grand scheme to reduce the population by various means so it will easier for them to control the masses who are left and make them their slaves. However, the Lord is going to intervene, as we shall see. But first, the Barley Company must die a symbolical death via character assassination by utilizing the world wide media. The world will be convinced that these dissidents and opponents of the New World Order are nothing but trouble makers and will rejoice at the news that their influence has at last been destroyed.

“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Rev. 11:8. I believe this is referring to the media continuing to play, over and over again, sound bites and news excerpts of these people whose character they have just slandered. They will not let the subject drop or be finished. They want to gloat and celebrate their victory, no doubt like the Pharisees and Scribes did after Jesus was crucified on Friday. So, there won’t be any closure on this issue. And the Bible expresses it symbolically as if their “dead bodies were lying out in the streets of Jerusalem (where Jesus was crucified) rotting with no decent burial.” Jerusalem will be the center of the NWO. God’s brave soldiers are not literally lying out in the streets. They may be arrested and put in jails around the globe at certain locations. Some may just be hiding out.

Meanwhile the wicked are rejoicing and “dancing on the graves,” as it were, of these brave, modern Elijahs, perhaps like Jezebel celebrated when she learned that her death threat caused Elijah to flee for his life. Vs. 10 says that these wicked modern Jezebels and Ahabs “send gifts one to another” rejoicing that their “torment” is over, just like Herod’s conscience was tormented because John the Baptist rebuked his illegitimate marriage to his brother Phillip’s wife, Herodias, Mark 6:19. So, she had John the Baptist killed to relieve her tormented conscience. Nothing causes torment like a guilty conscience when truth and righteousness are constantly presented before the willful sinner. It just becomes intolerable to him. But after their successful character assassination they believe they have finally got rid of these “trouble makers” and like Herod and Herodias, the wicked of the earth, who run the NWO, are relieved from the torment of the convicting testimony of these Two Witnesses. The wicked then, like Beltshazzer of old in Daniel 5, drink themselves drunk to quiet their consciences by losing themselves in celebration and merriment. But it doesn’t last for long. Only three and a half days. Notice now how God suddenly and supernaturally enters the picture and reverses the course of events.

“And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered in to them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” Rev. 11:11. These are three actual days or 84 hours. So, the wicked are going to actually see this happen as well as hear the Voice of God which will deliver the saints (Barley Company). “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” vs. 12. This is the special translation of the Barley Company which takes place at the same time as the special resurrection of Dan. 12:1. Next, there is a great earth quake which kills 7,000 men (perhaps the enemies of the Barley Group) causing the rest to give glory to God, probably out of fear and also because they were rooting, backing and cheering for the Barley Group to win all along and are happy God is taking over to make sure the righteous finally win at long last.

This is when the transfer of power takes place which we read about in Rev. 11:15. “The seventh (7th) angel blew his trumpet and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, the Messiah, and He shall reign forever and ever — for the eternities of the eternities!” Psalm 22:28; Dan. 7:13, 14, 27. The noun Messiah is a title which simply means, “The Anointed One.”

The next verse tells us that the 24 elders fall prostrate and worship before the Lord in heaven because they are so happy. Then vs 18 announces that the time has come for God’s servants to be rewarded and those who have been destroying and corrupting the earth to be destroyed. The sanctuary in heaven was then open and the ark of the covenant was seen standing inside the sanctuary. This is symbolical that God’s true Sabbath and all that it represents regarding God’s power to create worlds and new hearts is about to be revealed to the world in mighty glory and power through His servants. Now, let us talk about the harpers and what they will be doing at this time.

These harpers are singing a new song before the throne of God. Verse 3 says that only 144,000 are able to learn that song, which by plain logic, would indicate that they did not know this song before. The harpers are the teachers, who are teaching the 144,000 by singing this song to them. Then the 144,000 repeat what they hear and sing it again and again until they know it by heart. The idea of harpers harping on their harps a new song could also refer to a new doctrine that makes music in the heart. This, I believe, is the character of God message.

Who are these harpers? Their voice is said to be coming “from heaven.” Using the harvest concept the harpers would have to have been reaped or harvested before the 144,000. First of all, the harpers are singing a song that only the 144,000 “can learn” which suggests that the harpers knew this song first and are singing it or teaching it to the 144,000. Isn’t that logical? Furthermore, there are two grains that preceded the grape harvest. Therefore, it is logical that the harpers would be barley and the 144,000 would be wheat. Vs. 4 would confirm this as it states that the 144,000 are “first fruits.” So, if they are wheat they must be the beginning or first crop or first fruits of the wheat harvest. In v. 14 John says that he “looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” Notice that it does not say this is “the son of man,” but “one sat like unto the Son of man.” In Rev. 2:10, Jesus promised a “crown of life” to those who were faithful in the church of Philadelphia. Another version says: “Then the scene changed and I saw a white cloud, and someone sitting on it who looked like Jesus, who was called ‘the Son of Man,’ with a crown of solid gold upon his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” LB. This golden crown proves that they have been given eternal life…that they did not possess it before. The fact that they are now wearing the crown proves that they are now immortal beings, who cannot be killed. That is why, I believe, that the synagogue of Satan come and bow down before them Rev. 3:9 …because they have been elevated to be the executive counsel of planet earth and are now in charge of the affairs of planet earth. “The kingdoms of this world are become (have become) the kingdoms of our Lord (Jesus) and His Christos (barley & wheat) or Jesus’ elect who are now reigning with Him. This is why Dan. 11:44 tells us that Satan’s kingdom will come to an end and that “none will help him.” So, all of Satan’s angel helpers (demons) now abandon him for they see his cause is hopeless. They are filled with terror and go forth to destroy all the wicked who have no protection. The various factions of Satan’s government, throughout the world, begin fighting and destroying one another, thereby collapsing Satan’s kingdom.

Remember when I explained in the article, “Many are called but few are chosen,” that the Bible often refers to a group as one unit. Hosea 11:1 says: “When Israel was a child I loved Him and called my SON out of Egypt.” Matt. 2:15 reinterprets this verse, applying it to Jesus. Notice: “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” This is what we call “Dual or double application” or a “double fulfillment.” In Judges 7 we also have Gideon and his three hundred represented by one barley loaf and all 135,000 of the enemy troops parked down in the valley, symbolized as one tent, which was knocked flat by the barley loaf. So, to have the first wave of saints translated to heaven referred to as “one like the son of man” is in keeping with the way the Hebrew writers expressed themselves. “Adam” means “mankind,” and Eve is referred to as “the mother of all living.” Gen. 3:20. The Greek word, “ecclesia” refers to the church corporate or “the called out ones.” Furthermore, when God speaks of His “elect” or “Final Remnant,” which will become the “Executive Council” for giving the final message to the earth, He refers to them as His “Jewels” or “special Treasure.” Mal. 3:16-18.

Now, let’s go to Dan. 7, where Daniel sees in vision a judgment scene where one like the Son of man is installed with great honor, power and glory.

“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him (Jesus); thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Dan. 7:9, 10. Then, in Vs. 11, 12 we read of the death and destruction of the beast power and his allies who are given to the burning flame, presumably referring to the Lake of Fire, which we know is not literal but a representation of the fire of God which comes down in the form of great revelations of truth and righteousness. This truly “burns up” the wicked, or makes them very angry and they stew in their juices, so to speak, until they finally repent, which they will do, absolutely, according to Phil. 2:6-11. Much more proof is given in another article in this paper this time plus books and videos on this subject.

Now, let’s go on with Dan. 7:13. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him, dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

You should also compare Rev. 11:15 and 12:10 which speak of loud voices in heaven proclaiming that the “kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Christos or anointed one).” This takes place little by little over a seven year time period. This anointed one is the same as the “man child” of Rev. 12:5 and Isa. 66:7 which is “caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5. This is also the church of Philadelphia which cannot be destroyed. Even the synagogue of Satan comes and bows down before them. Rev. 3:9. Why? Because they find out that they cannot kill them and realize they are God’s chosen elect who have received this power to reign and rule and bring in everlasting righteousness under Jesus, their Lord. So, is this mind-blowing, good news or what? Don’t let the harvest pass you by, my friend. If you think it is just too good to be true, please read what Paul said in I Cor. 2:9. “Eye hath not seen, nor hear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them who love Him.”

Friends, I have been preaching about this beautiful character of our precious Lord Jesus now since the fall of 1976. You would not believe how many people have rejected me personally because of what I have told them without even taking five minutes to study the subject for themselves. And most of them were SDA ministers and leaders in the church, believe it or not.

The crisis is coming. The darkness is getting worse every day. Already the Pope has told the people that they must begin keeping Sunday holy. All kinds of crazy weather is destroying houses and lands around the globe. EGW tells us who is doing this. It is Satan. Because our God does not do that kind of thing. He is not a killer or a destroyer. “GOD DESTROYS NO MAN.” This, my friend, is the dividing truth. This is what will decide whether or not you accept the Pope and His Sunday Sabbath or the true Sabbath of Jesus Christ. This is, my friend, the extra oil…the PRESENT TRUTH the Holy Spirit has revealed to God’s Remnant people as the final message to go to the world. Listen and learn.

“It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy and truth.”

EGW goes on to explain that this is the very work Isaiah outlined in Isa. 40:9, 10 by telling people “Behold your God!” Yes, look at this wonderful Jesus who only wants to help you. You don’t have to be afraid of Him anymore. He has come to save you.

“Those who wait for the Bridegroom’s coming are to say to the people, “Behold Your God.” THE LAST RAYS OF MERCIFUL LIGHT, THE LAST MESSAGE OF MERCY TO BE GIVEN TO THE WORLD, IS A REVELATION OF HIS CHARACTER OF LOVE. THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE TO MANIFEST HIS GLORY. IN THEIR OWN LIFE AND CHARACTER THEY ARE TO REVEAL WHAT THE GRACE OF GOD HAS DONE FOR THEM.” COL 415, 416.

So, even though I had been preaching and writing about this message for about 17 years I didn’t understand who the 144,000 were. So, the Lord impressed me to begin an investigation, which I did, basically, under protest, as I always thought this was sort of a forbidden subject. Only fanatics talked about the 144,000. I certainly didn’t want to be stigmatized as some kind of crazy, weird, fanatic who thinks that only 144,000 are going to heaven. Through prayer I finally overcame those fears and began my research and writing in 1992. One day I noticed that EGW had stated that we should strive with all of our might to be among the 144,000. Why? The answer is in the quote itself. “Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand. And let us do all that we can to help others gain heaven. We are to have an interest in Christ Jesus; for He is our Savior. He came to this world to be tempted in all points as we are, to prove to the universe that in this world of sin human beings can live lives that God will approve.” R & H, March 9, 1905. (Partially quoted in 7BC 970).

In Rev. 14:1-3 we learn that the 144,000 are the first fruits, redeemed or purchased from the earth. The other day I heard a man on TBN telling the people that the 144,000 would all be Jews who would give their testimony and then all be martyred. I couldn’t believe it. The confusion and deception in the religious world is absolutely beyond belief. Just think of the deceptions on religious TV. First of all, they all believe Sunday is God’s holy day, thus joining with the Papacy. 2. They all believe you go to heaven when you die. 3. They believe the wicked are all burning in eternal hell fire. 4. Most of them believe in speaking in tongues. 5. They believe God destroys people and is bringing all the present weather aberrations to punish sinners. Most SDAs agree with them on this. 6. Most, but not all, believe shots and vaccinations are safe and effective and necessary for good health. Most SDAs agree with them on this. 7. They do not understand or realize why God created this earth in the beginning or the ultimate plan of the ages. Neither do SDAs. 8. They definitely do not have a clue about the 144,000. Neither do SDAs. 8. They do not understand the sanctuary truth with all of its symbols and last day applications. 9. They do not believe in the prophetic gift that was manifested among the believers after 1844 in the life of EGW which the Lord has used to correct, guide and encourage His people with.

Ok, so let’s try and figure it out. Who are these 144,000 and where do they fit in to the final eschatological picture? Well, first of all, Rev. 7:3, 4, tells us that God Himself commands that the four winds not be loosed “till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” The very next verse tells us that the number who are to be sealed will be 144,000. Verse 9 also speaks of “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations…” So, we have two groups. Until about two weeks ago I thought that was all that would go to heaven when Jesus comes. Before I begin explaining the barley people or wave sheaf concept let me explain a little more about the 144,000 and the great multitude.

When the Bible tells us that the 144,000 are sealed and that they are redeemed from among men that means they did not die but were translated without seeing death. EGW confirms this in Great Controversy. GC 649. Please study it out for yourself. Because the 144,000 are identified as “first fruits” that means they are the first harvest of wheat, which is the second grain to be harvested. The Barley is the “early grain” and is the first grain to be harvested. The 120 were the type of the 144,000, first fruits or wheat. The 144,000 then is the anti-type in our day. The 3,000 converted on the day of Pentecost were the second fruits or the rye or spelt. Exodus 9:32. Then there were other harvests after that by the 3,000 and it just kept growing and growing as Saul of Tarsus was converted and became Paul, the apostle to the gentile world of that day. Acts 9. This all resulted from the early rain at the time of Pentecost. It will be repeated in our day on a much wider scale. What I didn’t know about was the barley or first of the first fruits who are the ones who give the cry “Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go you out to meet Him.” This is the call or cry or shout that wakes up the Ten Virgins. This is what Gideon and His 300 represent…the barley or wave sheaf or first of the first fruits. This is an old testament type. The Jewish Harvest Cycle also is a type and the “Little Company” is the anti-type EGW saw. Let me show you how I identified this group in Early Writings. Starting on page 269 EGW begins writing about the “Shaking.” This is the same as the “shaking and sifting” time when God is calling His servants who will comprise the wave sheaf. This is what happened when Gideon made His first call to go to battle against the enemy. Remember how many came out? Yes, it was 32,000. And then 22,000 left when they saw the hordes of the enemy. Then from the 10,000 only 300 were selected. On page 270 EGW said the shaking was caused mainly by the “Straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans.” EGW goes into great detail describing this company who were “weeping and praying in agony of spirit” and “moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers.” She says they had gained the victory. I do not believe they are all together in one place but scattered all over the earth, yet the same Spirit is moving upon them. GC 626 and 635 confirm this. It is more difficult to identify the “little company” in Great Controversy as she blends together all these harvests, 1. The barley or wave sheaf. 2. The Wheat harvest or 144,000, 3. The Rye harvest and 4. The Great Multitude which is the grape harvest. These are four distinct groups. I am going to try to delineate these for you the best I can at this time. This is my first effort for this so I thank you for your patience. I was as surprised as I am sure most of you reading this will be. Why God has chosen me to reveal this to you is a greater mystery to me than the mystery I am trying to reveal to you. I just try to do what Jesus asks me to do because I love Him so much.

Ok, let’s take group #1, the barley, first of the first fruits or wave sheaf, also called “The Little Company,” who are translated at the same time of the special resurrection. This translation is predicted in Dan. 12:1-3. Michael (Jesus) stands up for His people at the beginning of the time of trouble which begins when the “abomination that maketh desolate (is) set up.” Dan. 12:11. This abomination is Satan going into the temple to declare himself as God. This could possibly have a dual application, in that he is in the process of going into and deceiving and thus taking possession of the (which include worship) of the entire human race at this time…entering into their temples by the lies he is telling via all the media and false teachers from the churches of Babylon. And he literally goes into the temple they will build in Jerusalem for him. I understand there is a mosque in Damascus which tradition proclaims to be the site for the return of the Messiah the second time. If this is true can’t you picture what will happen when Satan comes claiming to be Jesus Christ? Is it possible that Satan, as the anti-christ, will enter many or most of the temples and mosques of the world dazzling them with His brilliance and glory thereby seducing the whole of Islam. These events along with the main event of him entering the temple at Jerusalem, which they plan to build, and proclaiming himself as God will begin the three time periods of 1260, 1290 and 1335. The Dome of the Rock, third most sacred shrine, is only a few yards away from the proposed temple site. Each day brings us closer to these final events. How thankful we can be that Jesus promised to deliver those who remained faithful in watching and praying. How many compose this little barley company we do not know any more than we know how many saints were raised with Jesus at the time of His resurrection.

All we know is that they are identified as “thy people,” in Dan. 12:1 and “The little company” in EW 271-273. “Soon I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. Buildings were shaken down on every side. I then heard a triumphant shout of victory, loud, musical, and clear. I looked upon the company, who, a short time before, were in such distress and bondage. Their captivity was turned. How beautiful they then looked! All marks of care and weariness were gone, and health and beauty were seen in every countenance. Their enemies, the heathen round them, fell like dead men; they could not endure the light that shone upon the delivered, holy ones. This light and glory remained upon them, until Jesus was seen in the clouds of heaven, and the faithful, tried company were changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, from glory to glory. (Now notice the last part of this quote is referring to the special resurrection of Dan. 12:2. “And the graves were opened, and the saints came forth, clothed with immortality, crying, ‘Victory over death and the grave’; and together with the living saints they were caught up to meet their Lord in the air, while rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were upon every immortal tongue.” EW 272-273.

This is not the “general resurrection” but a “special translation” of a “little company” and a special resurrection of those EGW speaks of in GC 637 and EW 269-273. Three groups are raised. 1. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message. 2. Those who pierced Him. 3. They also who mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies and 4. “The most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient.” What an incredible time that will be to be alive. Who would want to miss such a spectacle?

Now, I want to go back to Gideon and his 300. On page 405 of the book, Patriarchs and Prophets, 546, we read that Israel’s land and people had been suffering the persecution and ravages of these wild, heathen tribes for seven years. Now, 135,000 of them had massed against Israel. Unless God intervened they probably would all be destroyed. So, that is when the angel of the Lord called Gideon and he in turn made a call to which 32,000 responded. So it will be in our day. Many have already responded to the call during the last few decades but the ranks of the independents are beginning to thin down as the battle becomes more fierce. Soon, only the faithful “little company” will remain to be translated. According to the harvest cycle, after the wave sheaf is offered (little company goes up to heaven with Jesus) there will be 40 days more. Let’s take the life of Jesus as a type. On the resurrection morning Jesus went to heaven after he comforted Mary. Some believe He went up at the third hour and returned at the ninth hour. On our clocks today that would be 9:00 A.M. in the morning and 3:00 P.M. in the afternoon. This is also the time period Jesus was on the cross. This needs a lot more prayer and study because although I agree with this time sequence, I am not yet an expert at explaining it. What I do know for sure though is that this little company is identified in Scripture as the “Christos” of Rev. 11:15 and 12:10 and also the “Man child” of Rev. 12:5 and Isa. 66:7 and Psalm 2:9. See also Rev. 2:26-28 and Rev. 3:9 and Rev. 19:15 all are referring to this same wave sheaf, barley loaf, “little company” group Jesus translates first of all with many righteous dead, which are also a first fruit from the dead.

The rest of the righteous dead will be raised later at the end of the 1335 days. This little company or wave sheaf or barley loaf will go up with Jesus and stay there for six hours, just like Jesus did after the resurrection. I believe this will also fulfill Dan. 7:9-14. In v. 13 it talks about “one like the Son of man” who comes before the throne of the Ancient of Days and is “given him (the company is spoken of here as a unit just like the Man child and Christos are spoken of as one) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, and that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” This wave sheaf, barley company has now received their gifts and commission, Psalm 68:18; Eph. 4:8. They now return to earth with Jesus as pictured in Rev. 19, riding on white horses and wake up the ten sleeping virgins. “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” Mal. 3:18.

They have immortal bodies like Jesus and can appear and disappear at will. They travel by thought vibration like Adam before the fall and like Jesus did after the resurrection and like Philip did in Acts 8. This is why the New World Order cannot kill them and ends up bowing down before them and worshiping at their feet. Do you think they would do that if they were ordinary human beings they could kill with a bullet through their brain or with poison or a vaccination or a microwave weapon. Of course not. So, what happens to these people that makes them invulnerable and invincible, no longer subject death or carnal weapons?

A few days ago the Lord helped me to discover this text. “Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.” Psalm 68:18. We know that God gave the gift of languages to the disciples on the day of Pentecost. If God’s Remnant Sons are going to go to the world to give the final message of His true character of love it would seem logical that they would need to speak in the languages of the people, all the nations of the earth. So, the gift of speaking in tongues is part of the “gifts” God is going to give His Chosen sons as they are manifested before the world. But they also must be able to travel without visas or passports or airplanes, cars, trains or buses or any kind of money. Yes, they would need to travel like Jesus did after the resurrection, by mind travel or thought vibration. That is, they just think of where they wish to go and they are there in an instant. They can appear and disappear at will; Pass through walls just like Jesus. Even Philip had at least one experience like that in Acts 8 after he baptized the Eunuch.

How many are there in this barley group…this little company? Well, how many does it take to make up a company? The only place in the bible the word company is defined with numbers is in regard to the 250 princes who joined with Korah, Dathan and Abiriam in rebellion against Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership. Num. 26:9-10. So, we have two precedents in the Scripture to give us an idea of how large a company is…300 and 250. But EGW defines this same group as a “Little Company” who are traveling up the narrow pathway to heaven. So, it would probably be less than 300. At any rate, they are the true watchmen on the walls of Zion who are not asleep and walking in the advancing light of the Third Angels’ Messages. They are the ones God chooses to wake up the ten sleeping virgins, five of whom become the 144,000.

The blowing of the trumpet and singing signifies a time to go to war and in a spiritual sense it means to begin speaking out the truth, as we read in Isa. 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Read also Hosea 8:1 and every scripture that mentions a trumpet to get the total picture as to the full meaning of the trumpet. In Joel 2:1 and on, the prophet says: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion (God’s professed people), and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of darkness…etc.” It goes on to describe God’s final army as “A great people and a strong” the likes of which has never existed before nor ever will again. This is a description of the Barley Army which God is calling forth and preparing through a sifting and shaking process similar to what He did with Gideon’s 32,000 volunteers. When His army is finally formed (how many of these true watchmen on the walls of Zion there will be of this first of the first fruits or wave sheaf we are not told) they will begin sounding the final message. Actually, it has probably already started. EGW said the final message or Third angels’ message had already begun with the 1888 message of Righteousness by Faith.

Again a sifting and shaking scenario takes place and finally the five wise virgins are sealed in their foreheads. How do I know these five wise virgins become the 144,000? One reason is because Rev. 14:4 identifies them as “virgins,” meaning they are not defiled with women (or the fallen churches of Babylon with their false doctrines). V. 4 also identifies them as the “first fruits.” The first fruits is the wheat harvest or wise virgins, 144,000. This would compare to the 120 who were converted on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead. The 120 are a type of wheat. The 144,000 are the anti-type. Exodus 9:32. Just as the 120 spoke in tongues and converted 3000 on the day of Pentecost so the 144,000 will return to discern who among the one third of the human race are desiring to serve the Lord and become their shepherds to guide them to a knowledge of the truth, as we read in Zech. 13:8-9. “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name (character), and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”

Many years ago I found a quote from EGW which I feel fits in here regarding the conversion of one third of the human race in this last hour of earth’s history. I believe the first part of this EGW quote is talking about the little company and probably the 144,000 together who go forth and convert the one third. Please notice:

“Those who walk even as Christ walked, who are patient, gentle, kind, meek and lowly in heart, those who yoke up with Christ and lift His burdens, who yearn for souls as He yearned for them—these will enter into the joy of their Lord. They will see with Christ the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. Heaven will triumph, for the vacancies made in heaven by the fall of Satan and his angels will be filled by the redeemed of the Lord (RH May 29, 1900). BC 7, page 949.

I believe the time is near when all these things are going to be coming to pass very rapidly. The terrible destruction recently (Nov. 1998) caused by Hurricane Mitch in Central America, especially in Honduras, in which about 11,000 were killed and millions made homeless and destitute is a clear sign that Satan is even now beginning to wreak havoc on this planet. We can expect disasters like this to continue and accelerate. We also know that the religious element of this world will call for a National Sunday Law to be enacted to get God on our side. Satan will eventually appear as Jesus and lead the world to condemn all Sabbath keepers. We know this is coming, so now is the time we need to make a full, complete and total commitment to Jesus so we will not miss out on this great opportunity to be with Him in this last hour of earth’s history.

Who will God choose to wake up the sleeping virgins? In Psalm 2 we have a clue. In v. 7 a The Creator declares a decree, saying: “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of Me (Jesus) and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Now, if your interpretation of these three verses is that God is going to give you authority over the nations so you can go around with supernatural power to destroy people whom you deem evil and wicked, then you do not know God’s character. The breaking of vessels means to help people fall on the Rock, Christ Jesus, and have their hearts broken so that they may be molded again after His Divine image. Only those with hearts full of love and compassion for humanity like the Blessed Saviour will be chosen to do this work. Only those who know and possess His character will be chosen to be among the wave sheaf. This is the time of preparation. May the Lord bless you as you pray and study on these things. Truly your friend and servant in Christ, our Lord,
Additional notes:

The barley and flax ripen together, not side by side like the wheat and tares but in separate fields just as the rye and wheat ripen simultaneously. The important thing to understand is that the barley has to have the white linen because they are a holy priesthood unto God, Melchizedec order, the one tenth. The wise virgins or 144,000, the elect, a tithe. See Isa. 6:11-13. >From the stalk of the flax comes the linen fiber. And from the carp is the golden oil. Barley looks a little like wheat but the kernel is shorter and fatter. Linseed oil comes from the carp which is at the top of the stalk. Everything has to be done exactly on time. Ex. 9:30-32. Second fruits is the rye. The first fruits are the cream of the crop. Second fruits (rye) is the same as the second harvest which is equal to the 3,000. The church is a grain harvest of the whole house of Israel. The harvest cycle continues to swell for 3 ½ years to the whole house of Israel. The second 3 ½ years is the time period when the great multitude (gentiles) is gathered in. This is the grape harvest. Rev. 9 and 19 need to be studied carefully to understand the symbols and the timing of the grape harvest. Some bible interpreters believe the 200,000,000 of Rev. 9:16 is referring to the converts to Christ in the grape harvest as it swells to one third of the human race spoken of in Zech. 13:8, 9. Rev. 19 also speak of riders on white horses following Jesus. Rev. 9:7 does not sound like evil men or demons. No one should be dogmatic on these points as much more study and prayer needs to be done on these Scriptures. The good grapes come from grafting into the original root stock. The grapes that are not grafted into the original stock (Israel) are unfit for eating or wine or the harvest. In Rev. 14 the grapes are gathered into the wine press of God or the fiery experiences of Zech. 13:8, 9. They must be grafted in properly from the root stock.

The wheat and rye grow in separate fields. The wheat is the tithe or 120 and the rye is the second fruits or the anti-type of the 3000. In regard to this idea of the tenth please notice Isa. 6:11-13. Isaiah asks the Lord the same thing Daniel asked. “How Long?” “Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the Lord have removed men far away (taken captive to foreign countries and also many killed), and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return (see Mal. 3:16-18), and shall be eaten…so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.” I believe the “eating” means their words will be believed. That is when one third of the human race will be converted as we read in Zech. 13:8, 9. Jesus said to the 12 apostles…if the branches were not pruned they would be committed to the burning. The branches go over the wall and go down to the ground. They must be cut back so stringently so they can reach up to heaven. As a final note here I would like to point out that only those who are like Christ in character will be chosen to wake up the virgins and eventually become one of the sealed 144,000. The hardest part of this is to accept and believe the character of God message on all four levels. This will be the main sacrifice for those who wish to work for God in these last days. May the Lord help each of us to be faithful. mfc.

UNROLLING THE PROPHETIC SCROLL OF REVELATION
A Further Study of Rev 11:15.

Before we begin, let us pray: Our most gracious heavenly Father, we come into your sacred presence asking your Divine favor. Guide us as we seek to understand the ancient prophecies of your sacred word, the holy Bible. Thank you for hearing our prayer and doing more than we could ask or think. In Jesus holy Name we pray, amen.

In one issue of this paper last year we studied on Rev. 11 and 12 which deals with God’s chosen people, specifically the Elect, referred to in Rev. 11 as the “Two witnesses” and also as the “Christos,” vs. 15 and Rev. 12:10. Each chapter goes over the same events each giving more detail and various perspectives regarding how Satan uses political powers (governments) to make war against God’s people who represent His government or kingdom on earth often referred to as Zion.

We see this in Psalm 2 as the God of heaven asks why the church and world are so enraged and plotting against Him and his “anointed” (Christos). He reveals His ability to read their minds even quoting to them their most secret plans and thoughts: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, (Jesus) and against His anointed (Christos or Barley group or Little Company), saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Cf. Hosea 11:4; Ps. 109:4. But all of their plans against God’s chosen people are futile as we see in vs. 4. “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex (trouble) them in His sore displeasure.” What do you think God is laughing about? That He is about to get His revenge upon them by destroying them? Is this His character? This is just one of the things you will learn as you read this study. I will come back to this question later and give you a full explanation.

Now, let us notice carefully the following verses which detail God’s plan to defeat all of the evil intentions and plans of these enraged kings and rulers against Him and His chosen Remnant.

“Yet have I set (anointed) my king (Remnant or Elect) upon my holy hill of Zion.” Margin says, “upon Zion, the hill of my holiness.” Ok, now let us notice the specific time period when this will happen. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ (Christos or Anointed); and He shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshiped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art and were, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.” Rev. 11:15-18.

Here under the sounding of the 7th Trumpet we see 1. The nations are angry (fighting mad) against the Lord and His anointed and eventually against each other to the point where they will destroy each other, Ezek. 38:21, “every man’s hand against his brother.” 2. The time when the dead will be judged. This has been called the “Investigative Judgment,” which is for the angels and universe so they will see God’s righteous way of dealing with the human race. But there is much more that has never been taught. This is in regard to what has been called THE SPECIAL RESURRECTION. Dan. 12:1-2 refers to this event as well as Paul as taking place at the time that “Michael Stands up for His people,” and “At the last trump,” I Cor. 15:51, 52, which would be the 7th trumpet of Rev. 11:15, as we just noted. But first, let’s go back in time a little.

Jesus predicted in Matt. 24 and Luke 21 that “Nation would arise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” Although wars have been going on for centuries it was not until the 19th and 20th centuries that we saw great armies slaughtering each other during the time of Napoleon, for example, which was just a warm up for our own American civil war and the Great Wars that followed in 1914 and 1941 in which even the USA was involved. As a result of these conflicts the nations have been weakened and financially enslaved by the International Bankers who were the very ones who fomented both wars in the first place so they could sell arms to both sides to murder each other and then loan each of the warring nations money to rebuild after the war. As a result the Bankers now own Japan, Germany and even the USA because of the tremendous debts they incurred from 1914 to 1945 and ever since. In fact, none of these nations are able to even pay the interest on these debts, especially the USA.

Now, this brings us to Rev. 13 which reveals more detail about the identity of the dragon we read about in Rev. 12 who was ready to devour the child as soon as it is born. Cf. Isa. 66:5-10. This event is still future. “You mean that this child was not Jesus?” No. The “Man child” is yet to come and is the same as the Elect or Barley Group. “Well, how can you prove that?” By reading Rev. 1:1 which tells us that this book of Revelation was given to Jesus who gave it to John “to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass.” The events predicted are those which have been coming to pass ever since John predicted them from Patmos. Therefore, the Man child prophecy would have to take place after AD 90. And since the “Man child” has not yet appeared we must conclude that this prophecy is still future. Many have questioned why Christ told John that these predicted events were going to “shortly come to pass,” when He already knew there would be over 2000 years of delay. Jesus told His disciples that only His Father in heaven knows the time of His return. Therefore, Jesus was simply giving the information to John that had been given to Him from His Father, no doubt with high hopes that His coming might take place soon. When God sent these messages to the church by the apostles He couched them in terms of His intentional will and purpose with regard to that event. The people were to be made conscious and aware of the fact that, in the divine Providence, no delay was necessary. Consequently, the seven statements of the Revelation concerning the nearness of Christ’s coming are to be understood in terms of God’s perfect will, purpose and desire for the church to act upon His mighty promises, which are always conditional upon the church’s acceptance of these promises and cooperation with Him to bring them to pass. As you read through the messages to the seven churches you will find that the only one which fully cooperates with Christ is the 6TH church, Philadelphia. Rev. 3: 7-13.

So, my friend, the book of Revelation is a book of prophecies progressively predicting the future from John’s time to the end of this present age in which we are now living. The birth of Christ took place before the book of Revelation was even written. In former issues of this publication I have written articles about this “Man Child,” a phrase which is used only three times in the Bible. Rev. 12:5 and Isa. 66:7.

Now, let’s go to Rev. 13:1, to the KJV first which reads: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” As I was reading over the various translations preparing to write on this topic I first read the NAS (New American Standard) which says,”And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea.” This prompted me to check the commentary which states that “Textual evidence favors (cf. p. 10) the reading “and he stood.'” The “he” would refer to the dragon, as the NAS reads, who is standing upon the seashore awaiting the emergence of the beast, whom it is his purpose to invest with his power and authority. Based on Rev. 17:1, 15, water is a symbol of “peoples, nations, tongues.” Beasts always represent “kings” and “kingdoms,” Dan. 7:17, 24. The dragon represents Satan, Rev. 12:9. In Rev. 13:2 this composite beast has characteristics of each of the beast like kingdoms which came before it because when Medo-Persia conquered Babylon it absorbed some of the culture of Babylon and when Greece conquered Medo-Persia it absorbed some of the culture of Medo-Persia and when Rome conquered Greece it absorbed much of the Grecian culture. In fact, the cultures of Greece and Rome have greatly influenced and shaped the personalities and characteristics of every Western Culture for over 2,000 years.

In Rev. 13:2 John was shown that the “Dragon gave him (i.e. composite beast or kingdom) his power and his throne and great authority.” All historians agree that the next power to come on the scene after the break up of the Roman Empire was Papal Rome. “Out of the ruins of political Rome, arose the great moral Empire in the ‘giant form’ of the Roman Church.” “The Rise of the Mediaeval Church [1900], p. 150. A. C. Flick. This power became known as the “Roman Catholic Church,” which still exists today. Historians mark the beginning of this reign from about 538 AD to 1798 AD. This was a time of great persecution for the true followers of Christ because Satan was the one back of it, guiding and controlling it, limited only by the power of the Creator who controls and guides all things. “Above the distractions of the earth He sits enthroned; all things are open to His divine survey; and from His great and calm eternity He orders that which His Providence sees best.” MH 417.

“Behind this activity was Satan, seeking to exterminate the church. When he found that his efforts to annihilate the followers of Christ through persecution proved unavailing, he altered his tactics and sought to lure the church away from Christ through the establishment of a vast counterfeit religious system. Instead of working directly through paganism the dragon now worked behind the facade of a professedly Christian organization, hoping thereby to disguise his identity.” 7 BC 817. In Rev. 17:3 John was carried in vision into the “wilderness” where he was shown this evil, apostate, counterfeit religious system. The wilderness is a symbol of two things the Catholic church has perfected. 1. obscurity and 2. seclusion. So, never expect to find the RCC doing her thing out in the open because that is not her modus operandi.

The Popes ascended the throne of the Caesars. The capital of the papal system was the same as that occupied by the Roman Empire at its height. “The accession of the Roman Church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness deepened. Faith was transferred from Christ, the true foundation, to the pope of Rome. Instead of trusting in the Son of God for forgiveness of sins and for eternal salvation, the people looked to the pope, and to the priests and prelates to whom he delegated authority. They were taught that the pope was their earthly mediator and that none could approach God except through him; and, further, that he stood in the place of God to them and was therefore to be implicitly obeyed. A deviation from his requirements was sufficient cause for the severest punishment to be visited upon the bodies and souls of the offenders. Thus the minds of the people were turned away from God to fallible, erring, and cruel men, nay, more, to the prince of darkness himself, who exercised his power through them. Sin was disguised in a garb of sanctity. When the Scriptures are suppressed, and man comes to regard himself as supreme, we need look only for fraud, deception, and debasing iniquity. With the elevation of human laws and traditions was manifest the corruption that ever results from setting aside the law of God. Those were days of peril for the church of Christ. The faithful standard-bearers were few indeed.” Great Controversy, Page 55. Thus has it been and as she re-gains her power so shall it be in this final hour of earth’s history. This is how Satan is able to slander and blaspheme God’s holy Name, by making Him look like a terrible monster.

Now, let us go back to Rev. 12:6 which follows immediately after the verse describing the translation of the MAN CHILD which we have already identified as the “Little Company” or “Barley Group” i.e. Remnant or Elect, Son, King and Sons of God. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Rev. 12:6. You will find that almost all commentators interpret this period of 3 ½ times as being the 1260 years of papal persecution from 538 AD to 1798 AD. Even the book, “The Great Controversy,” adopts this view. Because of this, we need to think about how and why the Bible is written as it is. Because the Scriptures are designed to serve and meet the spiritual needs of every generation to the end of time there is built into each one of these prophecies elements that can be applied to every generation, the final generation being the ultimate fulfillment. Therefore, when the Final Generation , Barley Group or Elect come on the scene they will be able to see the ultimate and complete fulfillment of these prophecies. At each stage of the Great Controversy in every age the scroll is being opened a little more. And as the prophecies are being fulfilled little by little they may seem to have a different interpretation. But in the final age it will all be seen in its completeness and the “contradictions” will be clearly seen as simply partial fulfillments. The coming of the Messiah the first time is a parallel to the coming of the Christos in our day and although there are many similarities there will also be differences.

As we look back at the life and ministry of John the Baptist we see him fulfilling the predicted role of the forerunner and herald of the Messiah. Many thought John was the Messiah but He told them that He was yet to come. So, it was that when Jesus came to be baptized John announced Him as the promised One, although only a few saw the Holy Spirit descending like a Dove and heard the voice from heaven announcing, “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:17; cf. John 1:31-33. The people were in darkness regarding the true mission of the Messiah. Even John the Baptist did not fully understand his character and work. This becomes evident when John sent a message to Jesus asking Him if he truly was the One who was to come or if they should look for another. John did not realize Christ would not take up a sword to deliver Israel but instead would have to die. “Like the Saviour’s disciples, John the Baptist did not understand the nature of Christ’s kingdom…Like the prophet Elijah, in whose spirit and power he had come to Israel, he looked for the Lord to reveal Himself as a God that answers by fire.” DA 215. As John languished alone in his lonely prison cell his disciples brought him reports of Jesus’ activities. Instead of overthrowing the Roman government and taking the throne of David Jesus was teaching and healing the people. While the Roman yoke rested more heavily upon Israel each and every day Jesus continued eating and drinking at the tables of the publicans. Herod and other wicked leaders continued in their usual vile activities while the cries of the poor and suffering went up to heaven. “To the desert prophet all this seemed a mystery beyond his fathoming….John had been bitterly disappointed in the result of his mission.” DA 216. The author of “Desire of Ages” describes John’s fervent hope and expectation that his work would have the same effect as when the law was read in the days of Josiah and Ezra. 2 Chron. 34; Nehemiah 8, 9, and that a work of repentance and returning to the Lord would follow. He had sacrificed his entire life for this purpose. He wondered if it had all been in vain or if he had somehow failed in some phase of his ministry. He reasoned that “If the promised Deliverer had appeared, and John had been found true to his calling, would not Jesus now overthrow the oppressor’s power, and set free His herald? But the Baptist did not surrender his faith in Christ.” DA 216. He remembered hearing the “voice from heaven and the descending dove, the spotless purity of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit that had rested upon John as he came into the Saviour’s presence, and the testimony of the prophetic scriptures, –all witnessed that Jesus of Nazareth was the Promised One.” DA 216. Instead of discussing his feelings of doubt with his disciples he decided to send a message in the form of a question to Jesus. He hoped that an interview with Christ would strengthen their faith. He also was hoping that Jesus might speak a word of encouragement directly to him. So, the question was put to Christ, “Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? ” Luke 7:20. The Bible does not record any kind of emotional reaction from Jesus but “Desire of Ages” tells us exactly how He felt. “It was keenly bitter and disappointing to human nature. If John, the faithful forerunner, failed to discern Christ’s mission, what could be expected from the self-seeking multitude?” DA 216.

Now, let us try and apply the experience of John the Baptist to what has happened to the people of God in the last 150 plus years, beginning with 1844. We know the history of the Great Disappointment which is a parallel to what happened with John the Baptist, his disciples and followers. But out of that disappointment came a little Remnant who prayed and persevered in their desire to follow God’s leading. The Spirit of Prophecy was manifested and a few began to walk in the advancing light. Most of us know all this history by heart. Then forty four years later the Lord brought forth a precious message to this struggling group of people through two messengers named Jones and Waggoner. This was the message of Righteousness by faith in 1888 which was rejected by the majority but accepted by a few. The Servant of the Lord declared that this was the beginning of the final message which would go to the whole world, even the light from the angel of Rev. 18. TM 91, 92. Again this is a good parallel to the ministry of Jesus.

In chapter 18 of “DESIRE OF AGES,” we read that for a time the influence of John the Baptist was so much greater than even the leaders of the nation that if he had agreed with the popular opinion that he was the Messiah, he could have formed an army to try and break away from the bondage of Rome. But John refused to be deceived by such a false theory which was nothing less than a bribe. Instead he directed the attention of the people to Jesus whose ministry began to increase as John’s decreased. The disciples of John were jealous and began to criticize. They questioned not only the proper words to be used at baptism, but even the right of Christ’s disciples to baptize at all. When John’s disciples complained to him he humbly explained that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies. “John represented himself as the friend who acted as a messenger between the betrothed parties, preparing the way for marriage. When the bridegroom had received his bride, the mission of the friend was fulfilled. He rejoiced in the happiness of those whose union he had promoted. So John had been called to direct the people to Jesus, and it was his joy to witness the success of the Saviour’s work. He said, ‘This my joy therefore, is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.’ Looking in faith to the Redeemer, John had risen to the height of self-abnegation. He sought not to attract men to himself, but to lift their thoughts higher and still higher, until they should rest upon the Lamb of God. He himself had been only a voice, a cry in the wilderness. Now with joy he accepted silence and obscurity, that the eyes of all might be turned to the Light of life. Those who are true to their calling as messengers for God will not seek honor for themselves. Love for self will be swallowed up in love for Christ. No rivalry will mar the precious cause of the gospel. They will recognize that it is their work to proclaim, as did John the Baptist, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ John 1:29…So with the followers of Christ. We can receive of heaven’s light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ ‘dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full.'” Col. 2:9, 10, R.V. “Desire of Ages 178-181.

The word “glory” means “character. COL 414. The word “name” also has to do with character as we see that the very name of Jesus (meaning Saviour) describes who He is and His work for the human race. Only those who truly desire to be like Jesus in character will see Him for who He really is and what He is like in His character. “It is by faith that the soul beholds the glory of Jesus. This glory is hidden, until, through the Holy Spirit, faith is kindled in the soul.” DA 392.

Beloved, I hope you will take the time to read for yourself the chapter “Imprisonment and Death of John,” beginning on page 214. Most people cannot understand the mysterious fate of John the Baptist. But God’s ways are not our ways. We tend to look at the present but God sees the end from the beginning. Jesus did not go to deliver John physically from prison for He knew that His heavenly Father had a better plan. He could not risk placing His own mission in jeopardy. The angels were sent to comfort Him and opened the prophecies more fully concerning the true character and work of the Messiah. “Gladly would the Saviour have come to John, to brighten the dungeon gloom with His own presence…But for the sake of thousands who in after years must pass from prison to death, John was to drink the cup of martyrdom. As the followers of Jesus (in the centuries to come) should languish in lonely cells, or perish by the sword, the rack, or the fagot, apparently forsaken by God and man, what a stay to their hearts would be the thought that John the Baptist, to whose faithfulness Christ Himself had borne witness, had passed through a similar experience!” DA 224.

So, in all of these events both the character of God was being revealed as well as the character of Satan. As soon as you decide to take a stand for God’s character, to vindicate His glorious Name, people will misunderstand you . They will think you have gone crazy. You will be misunderstood by those who have refused to give their all to the Saviour. Satan will attack you from every side. But God will use these assaults to perfect your character. Sacrificing one’s selfish ego is one of the prices to be paid but that is how the Father has chosen to establish His kingdom as we see in the life of Jesus.

Now let us note the parallel between Elijah and John the Baptist. “To John was opened the same truth that had come to Elijah in the desert, when ‘a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire, God spoke to the prophet by a ‘still small voice.’ I Kings 19:11, 12. So Jesus was to do His work, not with the clash of arms and the overturning of thrones and kingdoms, but through speaking to the hearts of men by a life of mercy and self-sacrifice.” DA 217.

And now this most insightful statement regarding the way God leads us: Listen and take courage. “God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him.” DA 224, 225.

Again, note the parallel between Elijah and John the Baptist. It was not until the end of their lives that they were able to see God’s true character of love; that He does not use violence and force to accomplish His will in the lives of men and women, but the soft whispering of His beautiful voice when the conflicts of life have brought them to a standstill and humbled their hearts. And how interesting it is that the same thing happened in the life of Ellen G. White, the Elijah messenger to this final generation. Two of her most important books were published in the latter years of her life. “Desire of Ages,” in 1898 and “Christ’s Object Lessons,” in 1900. In the very first page of “Desire of Ages,” we read that “Our little world is the lesson book of the universe.” It was this book more than any other that helped me to see God’s character. In preparing the manuscript for the book, “INTO THE FATHER’S HEART,” in 1981-82 the Lord led me to this quote:

“‘That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.’ In the light of the Saviour’s life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father’s heart. It testifies that the thoughts of God toward us are ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil.'” Jeremiah 29:11…He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me.” DA 57.

As I read these words the Lord spoke to me clearly in my mind, “Michael, I want the title of this book to be”‘INTO THE FATHER’S HEART.'” This 412 page volume was the combination of three manuscripts that had been written in 1977, 1979 and 1981 in succession. In the very first manuscript I quoted from “CHRIST’S OBJECT LESSONS,” page 84, “GOD DESTROYS NO MAN.” Although these powerful words were published in 1900 this very thought had already been expressed as early as 1881 which we find on pages 120 of Volume 5 of the Testimonies to the Church. “The case is placed on record for our benefit. Just what took place in Pharaoh’s heart will take place in every soul that neglects to cherish the light and walk promptly in its rays. GOD DESTROYS NO MAN. The sinner destroys himself by his own impenitence. When a person once neglects to heed the invitations, reproofs, and warnings of the Spirit of God, his conscience becomes seared, and the next time he is admonished, it will be more difficult to yield obedience than before. And thus with every repetition. Conscience is the voice of God, heard amid the conflict of human passions; when it is resisted, the Spirit of God is grieved.”

Now, beloved I do not think it could be any clearer. You will find the same ideas repeated in COL “Christ’s Object Lessons,” page 84. For those of you who already believe or can now see, perhaps, for the very first time, that God does not destroy, this is a simple but precious truth to your heart. But for those who, like the multitudes, wanted John the Baptist and Jesus to take up the sword and march against the armies of Rome they do not accept these plain words at face value. How many times I have heard ministers and laymen tell me, “But that is not what EGW meant when she wrote that.” What they are really saying is, “When I read the SOP I can make it mean whatever I want it to mean to me. Same with the Bible.”

Of course, people do not consciously realize that this is what they are saying but because they allow their emotions to over ride and control their mind or reasoning ability they read into whatever they hear or read what they want to believe. This is how the slave traders and slave owners in the south were able to justify selling human beings made in the image of God. “Black people are inferior and under the curse of God. Besides God chose the white man to rule the earth.” So, their whole life style was based on a false interpretation of the Bible in order to justify their crime of enslaving their brothers and sisters just because their skin was black. Again my point is that the human heart and mind is capable of gross misbehavior and criminal action when the Bible is misinterpreted.

Through the years I have answered this objection by explaining that EGW meant precisely what she wrote, just like a picture, photo, movie or video reveals certain things that cannot be disputed. Yet, it would seem that not only “beauty is in they eye of the beholder, but truth itself is also in the eyes and minds of the beholder because people are selective in what they read and see. In order to make a point recently, I referred a reader to a popular song in which the female artist was asking this man who wanted to go out on a date with her, “What part of ‘No’ don’t you understand? So, I ask my readers, “What part of the phrase, ‘GOD DESTROYS NO MAN’ is it that you do not understand?” It also reminds me of the video tape played for the first jury who were trying the policemen who had beaten Rodney King a few years ago. They played that original video footage over and over again on the news during and after the trial, probably making it almost as well known as the Zappruder film of the assassination of JFK on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963.

My purpose in mentioning Rodney King being assaulted over and over again by the LA police with their night sticks is simply to ask the question: “what part of that video didn’t the jury understand?” It is clear and as plain as 2 + 2=4 that the policemen were indeed beating him violently and repeatedly. Yet, the verdict of that mostly white jury was that the policemen were not guilty of what the video plainly showed they were guilty of far beyond a reasonable doubt.

So, what does this prove? Simply this: That most people do not decide an issue on the basis of facts and logic. The overwhelming majority of people decide issues on the basis of at least five things. 1. Their own personal feelings. 2. What they have been brought up to believe by their parents and church. 3. Their standing and position in their respective communities. 4. How it will affect their physical safety. 5. How it will affect their job and/or financial well being. I found that out early in my ministry when I was giving Bible studies. Almost 100% of the people would agree that Saturday, the 7th day was the Sabbath. They could not refute the plain truth from the Scriptures. In spite of this, very few were willing to stop going to church on Sunday and observe the Sabbath. This really opened my eyes about human nature verses the truth. Human nature wins almost every time. Without the Spirit of God helping us we could never obey any of God’s commandments. The same is true with life style, especially in regard to our living habits in the realm of how we talk, what we eat and drink, what we wear, the places we go and even the company we keep. We all know how hard it is to change any of these areas, especially if the person smokes, drinks and enjoys many of the foods the Bible condemns as unclean, such as pork, to say nothing about flesh food in and of itself. For the majority of people facts and logic have little or nothing to do with the life style they follow. But it has everything to do with their feelings and emotions about those habits they have acquired over a period of many years. Just try and get some of your friends or family to stop drinking any of the diet sodas like coca cola and Pepsi cola which have a very harmful chemical in them called aspartame which I understand was used in Nutra-Sweet which has been proved to be harmful to the human body.

To change in any of these areas usually requires a tremendous struggle and sacrifice. Yet, as difficult as that may be, to accept the truth that God does not destroy seems to be even more difficult for most people, especially those who feel they are already obeying the law and following all of the rules. For those who are willing to follow Jesus all the way into the “Father’s Heart,” into the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, where there is a special blessing which involves becoming One with the Creator via the marriage supper of the Lamb.

This is the very reason John says that in the last days only a Remnant will remain true to Him and His teachings as we read in Rev. 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the Remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:17. “Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” Matt. 7:13, 14.

In the gospels Jesus gives a very clear prophetic outline of the days in which we are now living. He declared that the leading signs of the end would be deception, betrayal and persecution of those who would take a firm stand for the truth of His Name, i.e. the truth about His character. In the first few verses of Matt. 24 He tells His disciples about the buildings of the temple and how they will all be destroyed. The disciples did not argue with Him on this point. They knew the Nation of Israel was ripe for destruction because of their godless and deceitful ways in the temple as well as their personal lives. And we see a parallel to all of this in our very own nation, church and world as well. So, they asked Jesus when these things would take place. His answer was mainly for us today as most of his disciples did not even live to see the destruction of Jerusalem. As far as we know, only John the beloved lived beyond 70 AD when Jerusalem was finally sieged, sacked and basically destroyed. Jesus went on to explain how nation would rise up against nation and that there would be famines, pestilences and earthquakes. Yet, these would only be the beginning of sorrows. In Matt. 14:9 He told them that they would be delivered up to be afflicted and killed. “You shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Many would be offended and betray and hate one another. False prophets would abound opening the door for wide- spread iniquity which in turn would destroy true love and feelings in men’s hearts. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matt. 24:14.

Before we go into the book of Daniel re: the Abomination of Desolation I think it would be good to look at what happened in pre-WW II Germany to see how an entire nation was led astray. The German people are a proud and talented people. How was Hitler able to do what he did to them? To answer this question I want to quote from an author whom I believe has gone right to the heart of the issue. “Deception is progressive and cumulative. Hitler used propaganda to build a personality cult through which he could beguile the German people into seeing him as the source of all good. Eventually, he was so successful in his role of an angel of light that public opinion shielded him from the international criticism and the responsibility of his own evil deeds. Though he was the source of all that went on in his name, the confidence of the German people in their Fuhrer (leader) insulated him and absolved him of blame…Hitler’s control over every aspect of German life was total. ‘He penetrated all social structures by his supervision, regimentation, and control…His overriding need was to force others to do his will. He had neither scruples nor inhibitions.” “Hitler & the New Age.” Pg. 110.

Hitler isolated Germany from world public opinion, internal dissent and the real truth by controlling the media. Sound familiar? He learned that if the people were told a lie that was big enough and constantly held it up before them in acceptable formats, based on what they themselves had been taught and believed, the general public would eventually come to accept that lie as the gospel truth. This was done on two important topics which fed both their pride, ambition as well as their prejudice and hatred. Each of these topics dealt with two powerful emotions which found vent in two acceptable forms. 1. Hitler told the people that they were the best in everything. “Deutschland Ubber Alles.” Germany over all. This was chauvinism, i.e. fanatical patriotism, super nationalism to the max, which includes unreasoning devotion to one’s race with contempt for other races. The children were taught daily that Germans were the best looking, the brightest, the most talented and especially most well suited to rule over others. Secondly, he taught them that the people who were the cause of all of their problems were the Jews. The holocaust that followed was not expected by most people. Winston Churchill was a lone voice in the wilderness throughout the 30’s trying to inform the people what was coming and to prepare for it. But his words of warning were largely ignored until the crisis was upon them in 1939. Another voice of warning has been given the people of God since about 1845 when EGW was called to begin her ministry. Although the majority of the church gave lip service to her writings the majority never took her seriously. Today she is being slandered and rejected more than ever as a false prophet. I do not agree with these critics for many reasons I don’t have time to go into at this writing. But I do want to share with you one prediction that I have seen coming to pass more and more during the last few years. Listen: “We are living in the time of the end….The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. (Now watch this) The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.” T9 page 11. This was written about 1904. Vol 9 spanned the years from 1904 to 1909. Another lone voice whose warnings have been ignored by the majority. Shortly after this was written Woodrow Wilson was duped into signing the Federal Reserve act into law in 1913. The very next year WW I broke out in Europe. The USA entered the war in 1917. By loaning money to both sides the NWO International Bankers enriched themselves by causing the stock market crash of 1929. The Income Tax Law was established and WW II was fomented during which the Bankers again loaned money to both sides. This brings us up to 1945 in this brief historical survey but that is sufficient to show how EGW’s prophecy was fulfilled and continues to be fulfilled. The people have been lulled to sleep all the while they are being robbed, slowly poisoned by chemicals in their food, in their drinks like Nutra-Sweet or Aspartame in Coca Cola, Pepsi and all soft drinks.

That this could ever happen again is denied yet the stage has already been set. Today we have a mass culture so the hit song and movie in New York is the hit song and movie in Colorado, Nebraska, Florida and California. And the major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN are all reaching the same areas. Don’t you see, the USA is being brainwashed the same way Germany was brainwashed. “The German people had the same message preached at them at all times and from every conceivable angle. The press, radio, magazines, newspaper, posters, billboards, music, films, and educational institutions taught over and over that ‘Only National Socialism could bring salvation to the nation.’ Since Adolf Hitler was national socialism incarnate, he was seen as the only possible savior of Germany.” “Hitler and the New Age.” Page 110, 111. $9.85 Post Paid.

If Napoleon is the one who invented the modern art of image-making through propaganda then Hitler perfected it. Author Bob Rosio traces the progression of how Hitler molded public opinion to believe he was a god. “In 1933: Hitler is a unique genius, a man of absolute greatness. 1937. Hitler is the best imaginable expert in every field. 1938: Hitler is a genius of boundless passion. 1939: Hitler is the greatest German of all times. 1941: Hitler is the highest synthesis of the genius of the human race.” These were some of the headlines and slogans that the leading newspapers of Germany ran during the 30’s and early 40’s. By the time WW 2 began in 1941-42 the majority of the people had been brainwashed to believe the monstrous lie that Hitler was not only a superior human being but a “good man” God had chosen to lead the nation. This is precisely what Hitler told them in every speech. So, you don’t think it could happen again? It already has with almost every president since Woodrow Wilson. FDR and JFK are two outstanding examples of men who captivated the imagination of the masses. Yet, their private lives told another story. But we all still want to believe the best about them. Even though Bill Clinton was impeached in the house he survived to finish his second term. How many people he had put to death or how much money he misappropriated or how many men and women he had sex with may never be known. Yet, in spite of his own confession that he had lied to his wife and the nation, the people’s high opinion of him continued unabated. It never occurred to them that if he had lied about one thing he had probably had been dishonest in others as well. This is a perfect example of how people come to believe that evil is good and good is evil when they tune into the wrong spirit which will lead the majority of people into Spiritualism which is being spread around the world today with false manifestations of Mary, for example. A friend of mine just sent me the following e-mail regarding this very deception. Note:

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Subj: IS THE VOICE OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE A RELIGIOUS MIRACLE?

Several years ago there was a major article in the San Jose Mercury-News here which had researched and documented the Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe story and found that it was a total fabrication__pure fiction, a lie; it had never happened. It was made up by some priest as a device to unite all of Mexico under Roman Catholicism.

Naturally there was a big outcry among the Mexican Catholic community against the article. People love their lies and don’t want to know the truth. People believe what they want to believe, never what they have to believe. There is a county park at Watsonville, Pinto Lake Park, where several years ago a Mexican woman noticed what appeared to be a rough image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the bark on the side of an oak tree. Now that area around the tree has become a shrine with an altar and lots of candles and benches like an amphitheater around the tree and there is always a small group of the faithful there sitting and meditating and praying.

The love and devotion of so many people to what they believe can only be admired. I believe that God honors their love and faithfulness to Him even though it is done in ignorance. But it is sad that it is not the truth. It is our job to teach them the truth in a kind, loving and tactful way. May the Lord help us to do this.

A. Jackson

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The deceptions of this age are not only in regard to religion. Let’s just take a look at our food and drink. How many decades of scientific studies did it take to convince the American people that smoking causes cancer? Yet the poison that has been put into the soft drinks nearly everyone imbibes daily with their hamburgers, chips and candy are worse than nicotine. Aspartame and Nutra-Sweet are but two examples of the deadly chemicals which are being put into our soft drinks. One wonders what chemicals are being put into the alcoholic beverages. Yet, there is a daily, ongoing media blitz brainwashing the people to believe these products are good for them just like they used to believe smoking camels would make them smart, handsome and popular. Anyone born in the 40’s or 50’s were raised on those kind of slogans that popular movie stars dispensed on their programs such “I Love Lucy” and the “Jack Benny Show.” Who could forget that little short guy that used to say, “Call for Phillip Morris?” Another area of brainwashing has been regarding the cause and cure of cancer. The AMA promotes three methods. 1. Cut it out (surgery) 2. Burn it out (cobalt or radium) 3. Poison it out (chemotherapy). Even though a number of alternative methods are available very few choose them. The most effective and, in my opinion, the worst brain washing regarding our physical health has been in regard to vaccinations. I have conclusive evidence to prove that shots not only do not prevent illness but are very bad for you and your child.

In Matt. 24:15 Jesus referred to the book of Daniel. “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by the Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand). Now, let’s go to Dan. 12:11 and read where Jesus was quoting: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two and ninety days.”

Now, let us do some simple reasoning here. What is the “daily sacrifice” that is going to be taken away? There are only two possibilities. 1. The spiritual sacrifice Jesus is making for us in the Most Holy place of the heavenly sanctuary…offering His own blood on a daily basis. 2. The second would be the setting up of an earthly sacrificial system to take the place of or to divert the people’s minds away from Christ’s ministry in the sanctuary. Let us notice what Dan. 11:43-45 tells us. I believe this is talking about how much power and money Satan has. “He shall have power over all the precious things of Egypt…but tidings (reports or news) out of the east (Jesus comes from the east or rising of the sun) and out of the north (where God sits to make all the appointments) shall trouble him: (Satan knows he only has a short time left) Therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away (do away with or kill) many. (This is when he goes into the temple to proclaim himself as God and passes a world Sunday law death decree). And he (Satan) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; (God’s Remnant or elect…barley group); yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

Now, before I make any further comments on those verses I just want to point out that in order for the “daily sacrifice” to be “taken away” it has to first be set up. So, when would such a system of “daily sacrifice be set up just for the purpose of stopping it or taking it away?” This would logically have to be when this new Temple is set up and they start the animal sacrifice system all over again. According to reports there is a plan to re-build the temple right next to the Dome of the Rock, although some deny it will ever happen. But plans for the temple services have been in the works for years. Only time will tell how and when it will all come together.

Now, let me comment on the phrase, “He knows He has but a short time.” Rev. 12: 12. Obviously these two verses are talking about the same time period and the same event…i.e. The translation of the Man Child which is ths same as the Barley Group or Little Company. The “Tidings out of the East and out of the North” (where all the appointments are made) is that God finally has perfected the first phase of the harvest, which is the Barley. When this group is translated and taken before the “Ancient of Days” Dan. 7:13, 14 the kingdoms of this world are transferred to the “Christos” who is the same as this Barley Group or Elect. “And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:” vs. 14. This verse parallels Dan. 2:44-45.”And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom , which shall never be destroyed.” vs 44. Cf. Dan. 7:27. Now after the Man Child is translated or “caught up” to God’s throne, for the purpose of receiving the kingdom, Rev. 12:6 says that the “woman fled into the wilderness,” where God has prepared a place for her for 1, 260 days or 3 ½ years. This is literal time, not symbolical. The very next verse then describes a “war in heaven” between Michael (Christ) and His angels and the dragon (Satan) and his angels. Vs 8 says that they “prevailed not” or in other words, they lost the battle. This verse has traditionally been interpreted to apply to the casting down of Satan in the very beginning of the Great Controversy about the time this world was first created. But that event has already been mentioned in vs. 4 where John saw the dragon’s tail casting down one third of the “stars” of heaven, i.e. angels. Satan has been “standing before the woman” ever since the prophecy of Gen. 3:15 eager to devour all of God’s righteous seed right up to the birth of Jesus and also the Man Child. The”Casting down of Satan” has been progressive. For example, when the “seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name,” Jesus immediately responded by making this amazing announcement: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:17, 18. Jesus is obviously speaking of what had just happened as a result of 70 human beings going out in His Name doing the very work He had been doing. Satan’s kingdom was being invaded and destroyed. The Messiah had come and the truth about God the Father was being revealed. Satan’s mask was being ripped off and the universe was able to see the real truth regarding the God family and the human family…that they are one. That human beings are capable of acting just like Jesus and doing His very works. The angels and unfallen worlds were watching and seeing the truth. But this was not the end of the Great Controversy by any means. Because we know that Rev. 12 was written about AD 96 about the events that would transpire, in our day and age, before just before Jesus returns. And that age is the one we are living in right now. So, Rev. 12:7-9 is talking about the casting down of Satan in our day in the eyes of the universe. Satan has accused us before God day and night. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christos (Barley Group or Elect, etc): for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Now, vs. 11 indicates there will be many martyrs at this same time who “loved not their lives unto the death.” Then in verse 12 this voice in vs. 10 tells the “heavens” to rejoice (because they will no longer have to endure the slanders of Satan against the human race before the throne of God). This same voice also says, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” Rev. 12:12. So, how long is this “short time?” Rev. 12:13, 14 tells us that it will be 3 ½ years, because when the dragon (Satan) sees that his arguments before the throne of God have been defeated by the translation of the Man Child or Barley Group. So, then Satan then goes forth to destroy as many as possible, concentrating especially on the “woman which brought forth the man child.” vs. 13. Cf. Dan. 11:44, 45. This will be the time of the Grape harvest.

We know that before the “Great Time of Trouble,” there will be a “Little Time of Trouble.” We have not even gotten into the Little Time of Trouble yet and already things are pretty bad in this old world and getting worse by the minute. So, this is a good indication of how bad things are going to get even before the “Big Time of Trouble” starts, which the bible describes thusly: “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Dan. 12:1. Now that was just the last half of vs. 1. The first half of the verse predicts the standing up of Michael”The great prince which stands for the children of thy people.” This deliverance takes place at the same time as the “special resurrection.” In this resurrection will be some who “shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and age lasting contempt.” This is a parallel to what happened at the time Christ was resurrected. Jesus was the type or prototype and what happens in our day will be the anti-type of fulfillment of the first type. When Jesus died we read: “and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many of the bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” We know that Jesus went up to heaven in the morning and came back down in the afternoon. Did these saints come back with him? The Bible only says that they appeared to many after they were raised just as Jesus did, so it is possible that they did come back with him to do a special work but perhaps did not stay the full 40 days, so we don’t know for certain. The Bible does not say anything about them appearing to any of the disciples. Only Jesus appeared to them. Therefore, their faith must rest on Jesus and His word only.

“Christ arose from the dead as the first fruits of those that slept. He was the antitype of the wave sheaf, and His resurrection took place on the very day when the wave sheaf was to be presented before the Lord. For more than a thousand years this symbolic ceremony had been performed. From the harvest fields the first heads of ripened grain were gathered, and when the people went up to Jerusalem to the Passover, the sheaf of first fruits was waved as a thank offering before the Lord. Not until this was presented could the sickle be put to the grain, and be gathered into sheaves. The sheaf dedicated to God represented the harvest. So Christ the first fruits represented the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God. His resurrection is the type and pledge of the resurrection of all the righteous dead. I Thess. 4:16, 17. DA 785, 786. The people who were raised from the dead on Sunday morning with Jesus were martyred saints from the past probably such as righteous Able to John the Baptist. Although their names are not given EGW simply states that they had been co-laborers with God, and who at the cost of their lives had borne testimony to the truth. They went to heaven with Him not only as trophies of His victory over death and the grave but as first models and a promise of what will happen again, in this, our final age.

We have already noted that when Michael stands up for His people two classes of people are delivered. The first class are the living whose names are written in the book. Now what book would this be? We have several texts that give us very important clues. Let’s look first at Rev. 3:6-13 which is the message to the Church of Philadelphia, the only church of the seven churches which Christ did not rebuke. They were perfect in His eyes. Jesus gives them the “Key of David.” What is a key for? It is for opening doors. Jesus is the one who has the key and will open the door of opportunity to give the final message to the world which has to do with the reputation and personality of God, in particular His character. The commentary refers us back to Isa. 22:20-22 and 2 Kings 18:18 where Eliakim was given supervision over the household of David because he was given “the key of the house of David.” So, in this metaphor we see that this key represents Christ’s jurisdiction over the church and over the divine purpose which Jesus plans to achieve through it. See Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22. With this key the church of Philadelphia, under Christ’s guidance and leadership, has full authority to open and shut, to carry the plan of redemption forward to success. Everything that Jesus achieved is a gift He desires to give to the members of His church. Gabrielle announced to Mary that her baby’s name would be called “JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David.” Luke 1:32.

Now, let’s go back to Rev. 3 where we see Jesus telling the church of Philadelphia about this great door of opportunity they have in this end time. So, He is talking to you and me. Like Elijah we have been working hard for the cause of God and the enemy has been shooting at us…trying to take us out of the battle. “I know thy works.” So, here Jesus commends Philadelphia for their works. “I have been watching you and you have been doing a good job, so now I am going to open a door for you to even do greater works than in the past.” Next He tells them that even though they only have “a little strength…” He is going to give them success. “For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world,…to bring to nought things that are: (why?) That no flesh should glory in His Presence.” I Cor. 1:26-29.

Now, we need to watch the last part of vs. 8 very carefully. “And have not denied my Name.” What does the word “Name” mean in this context? In the Hebrew language a person’s name denoted and signified His character. So, Jesus is telling the church of Philadelphia that because they have “kept my word and not denied my name” that great doors of opportunity are going to be opened up for them. As for the deeper meaning of this word “name,” let’s start with “Michael” which means “God like” or “who is what God is or one like God.” Israel means “An over comer.” Jacob literally meant, “a heel catcher” or one who follows after to catch your heel and cause you to fall. In other words, a deceiver and cheat. One who came up behind you and took advantage of you when you were not expecting it. Remember what Isaac and Esau said after they found out that Jacob had stolen his birth right? “But Isaac said, ‘Your brother came and tricked me. He has taken your blessing.’ Esau said, ‘Jacob’ is the right name for him. He has tricked me these two times.” That is why the Lord changed Jacob’s name to Israel, signifying His victory over these selfish, sinful ways. Jesus means “Saviour.” Philadelphia, although a Greek word, is also very important, meaning “the Church of brotherly love.” So, when Jesus commends Philadelphia for not “denying my Name,” He is referring to their willingness to stand up for and teach the truth about God’s true character. And that is what Malachi 3:16-18 is talking about as well. “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His Name. (Now here comes the reward for concentrating upon and being willing to defend God’s Name or character). And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels (special treasure) and I will spare them, as a man spares His own son that serves Him. Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves Him not.”

Now, my friend, it is critical at this point to understand whom God considers “righteous” and whom He considers “wicked.” This verse in Malachi clearly indicates that those who are thinking about and discussing God’s Name (character) for the purpose of understanding and sharing it with others (The truth about His righteous character) are the “Jewels” He considers His “SPECIAL TREASURE,” whom He will “spare” (save alive from the death decree and translate).

Well, someone may ask about now. What is there about God’s name that needs to be understood and defended? Well, the truth is friend of mine, the Lord is being blamed for a lot of things today. As we know, insurance companies use the phrase “act of God” when they cannot find a human culprit to blame. And in yesterday’s Oregonian I read about a special gathering that got rained on. “An unrelenting morning storm soaked everything. ‘Even God is angry today,’ one man lamented.” That reminded me of one of Job’s servants who reported that he saw the “Fire of God” fall from heaven “and burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.” Job 1:16. We know that Satan was the one who sent that fire when God allowed him to do so. Read Job 1 and 2 for the whole story. When I first began to understand this concept Elder Morris D. Lewis shared with me Psalm 78:48, 49. “He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts (lightnings). He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.” In stark and vivid contrast God’s angels do not destroy, but keep the law of God which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” “Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word.” Psalm 103:20. Now, notice how the SOP confirms this text. “Angels are sent from the heavenly courts, NOT TO DESTROY, but to watch over and guard imperiled souls, to save the lost, to bring the straying ones back to the fold.” R & H May 10, 1906. I think this should establish beyond any question that EGW firmly believed God does not destroy.

Now, what does this have to do with the end times we are living in right now? After a lot of prayer for guidance in preparing this article the Lord has led me to quote from the book, “THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BETWEEN CHRIST AND SATAN.” The first quote I want to share with you takes me back to the year 1959 when Roy Pendleton gave some talks down in California on the subject of “Flying Saucers.” I had never heard this message before. It was on a reel to reel tape. A man let me have his old Philco tape recorder and so every chance I had I would let people listen to Roy’s message. I did that for 15 or 20 years until I put it on cassette tape. Roy starts out his message with the following quote:

“Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world…little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time. Says the prophet: ‘I saw three unclean spirits like frogs;…they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.’ Rev. 16:13, 14. Except those who are kept by the power of God, through faith in His word, the whole world will be swept into the ranks of this delusion. The people are fast being lulled to a fatal security, to be awakened only by the outpouring of the wrath of God.” Also quoted is Isa. 28:17, 18. GC 562.

This quote is from the last two pages of the chapter 34 entitled, “SPIRITUALISM.” The very next chapter is “AIMS OF THE PAPACY.” This chapter introduces the topic of Sunday worship and how Satan has worked through the Papacy to present this false day of worship as the true in order to secure the allegiance of Protestants and eventually the entire world with a global Sunday Law. “Marvelous in her shrewdness and cunning is the Roman Church. She can read what is to be. She bides her time, seeing that the Protestant churches are paying her homage in their acceptance of the false Sabbath and that they are preparing to enforce it by the very means which she herself employed in bygone days. Those who reject the light of truth will yet seek the aid of this self-styled infallible power to exalt an institution that originated with her. How readily she will come to the help of Protestants in this work it is not difficult to conjecture. Who understands better than the papal leaders how to deal with those who are disobedient to the church?” GC 580. In the past heretics were burned at the stake and beheaded. Reports have been circulating that Guillotines are being brought into this country to be used when the time is right for public executions as in times past to frighten the masses in submissive compliance. Rev. 20:4 speaks of those who have been “beheaded for the witness of Jesus.” This is talking about our time as it also mentions that they would not take the “Mark of the Beast,” which is why they will be beheaded.

The next chapter (36) is entitled, “THE IMPENDING CONFLICT,” which begins with a history of Satan’s objective to overthrow God’s law from the inception of the Great Controversy. “To deceive men, and thus lead them to transgress God’s law, is the object which he has steadfastly pursued. Whether this be accomplished by casting aside the law altogether, or by rejecting one of its precepts, the result will be ultimately the same. He that offends ‘in one point,’ manifests contempt for the whole law; his influence and example are on the side of transgression; he becomes ‘guilty of all.'” James 2:10. GC 582.

In the next paragraph the author explains how the doctrines of the Bible have been perverted by incorporating errors into the faith of thousands who profess to believe the Scriptures. Two of the most well known errors are Sunday sacredness and the immortality of the soul. “Through these two great errors..Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.” GC 588. Spiritualism will be the glue that cements Romanism and Protestantism and under this three fold union persecution will follow because of Sunday legislation. The missing ingredient necessary for a National Sunday Law to be passed by Congress is a massive financial crisis, such as the great depression of 1929. Although many attempts have been and are still being made to crash the stock market and destroy our national economy in any way possible, our wonderful God has not allowed this to happen yet. Why? Rev. 7 pictures four angels holding back the winds of strife until God’s servants are sealed in their foreheads, i.e. the 144,000.

So, this is reason the economy is still going although there have been indications that we are not as well off as we were in the past. Prices continue to spiral up little by little, such as the price of gasoline and the cost of electricity and other public utilities. So, what is this “sealing message?”

This has to do with God’s creative power which is found in the fourth commandment, revealing that God is the Creator of the universe. This concept has really never been preached to the world, i.e that in the fourth commandment itself is the truth about God’s creative power. If this truth had been explained through the centuries, the false theory of evolution would never have had a chance to get such a strong hold on people’s minds. During the Scopes trial in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925, William Jennings Bryan wired or wrote the leading Creationist in the world at that time, George McCready Price, who was teaching at Newbold College in England. He asked him for advice in his debate with Clarence Darrow, the famous, witty and clever trial lawyer from Chicago. Price wrote back advising Bryan that the best and most powerful argument he could use to defeat the theory of evolution would be the 7th Day Sabbath as found in the book of Genesis 1 & 2, Because Bryan was a Sunday keeper he ignored Price’s advice and the rest is history. Darrow made a fool out of Bryan, who was a brilliant orator but not so good at debating. The trial took its toll on Bryan and he died a broken man shortly after the trial.

The servant of the Lord has told us that during the Time of Trouble “we went out and preached the Sabbath more fully.” That pronoun “we” intrigues me. Let me explain. At the time of the Barley harvest there will be a special resurrection as well as a special translation. Here are the four groups who will be raised up at that time. “All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. 2. “They also who pierced Him” (Rev. 1:7). 3. Those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, 4. And the most violent opposers of His truth and His people.” All of these people will be raised up in this special resurrection to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient. GC 632. Now the reason they are raised up is different than what I use to think and probably what you think. Notice that EGW will be in that first group so when she says, “We went out and preached the Sabbath more fully,” she is predicting what the Lord showed her she would be doing after the special resurrection. When I first wrote this paragraph I didn’t plan to go into detail about why the Lord will raise up these others who opposed the truth and who pierced Him. Until I read the following verse: “And the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.” Zech. 12:8. This is the reason the “Synagogue of Satan will come and bow down before the Church of Philadelphia. Rev. 3:9. Cf. John 10:34; Ps. 82. “And I will pour upon the house of David, (Barley group, Little Company, Church of Philadelphia), and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me (Jesus) whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem…In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” Zech. 12:9-13:1. So, what is the purpose for raising these people up who opposed Christ and pierced Him? From these passages it sounds to me like they are very sorry they killed Jesus. They are mourning about their actions as they realize what they have done. Now, I don’t know if they all will accept Him but I think many will repent and be forgiven and taken to heaven as He waves the wave sheaf before the Father’s throne. Dan 12:1, 2 speaks about some who will be raised to “everlasting shame and contempt.” The word “everlasting” means “age lasting.” So, they will be very ashamed for what they have done but will have a chance to repent, like the thief on the cross. What a great victory, winning to His side some if not many or maybe all of His greatest enemies. Listen to this: “Those whose course has been most offensive to Him He freely accepts; when they repent, He imparts to them His divine Spirit, places them in the highest positions of trust, and sends them forth into the camp of the disloyal to proclaim His boundless mercy…He would have us bear testimony to the fact that He cannot be satisfied until the human race are reclaimed and re-instated in their holy privileges as His sons and daughters.” DA 826. I will let you think about that one for awhile. Dan. 12:1, 2

Now, let’s go back to page 589 of “Great Controversy.” “Through spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the race, healing the diseases of the people, and professing to present a new and more exalted system of religious faith; but at the same time he works as a destroyer.”

Did you see that? Who works as a “destroyer?” Satan. Now, how does he do this? “His temptations are leading multitudes to ruin. Intemperance dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow. Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood. It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God. Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. (remember Satan is the prince of the power of the air) when he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer. But the Christian world have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would–He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same. Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them. While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation.

Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. ‘The earth mourns and fades away,’ The haughty people…do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 24:4, 5.

In Chapter 37 “THE SCRIPTURES A SAFEGUARD,” we read: “The people of God are directed to the Scriptures as their safeguard against the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness. Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining a knowledge of the Bible; for its plain utterances reveal his deceptions. At every revival of God’s work the prince of evil is aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost efforts for a final struggle against Christ and His followers. Note: <This was written about 1855> “The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Anti-Christ is to perform his marvelous works in our sight.” GC 593.

Now, let us see how this correlates with Bible prophecy. “And I beheld another beast (power or kingdom) and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Rev. 13:11. Note <Here we have a seeming contradiction. How could a little innocent lamb end up “speaking like a Dragon?” This lamb like beast has been identified as the USA. In just the last 50 years we can see how our beloved nation has truly begun to have the characteristics of a persecuting power like the Catholic Church in Europe during the dark ages. The rights and power of the state has taken precedence over the rights and power of the people, just as it did in Germany under Hitler. Now, Rev. 13:12 predicts that is exactly what will happen. “He exercises all the (power) authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal (deadly) wound was healed. Rev. 13:12. Notice here that it is our own freedom loving nation who is going to lead (cause) the whole world to “worship” the first beast who had a deadly wound. Most theologians during the reformation and since have identified the first beast as the Roman Catholic Church. The deadly wound was dealt Catholicism during the time of Luther and Calvin, etc. and continued on until 1928 when the deadly wound was healed by Mussolini when he made the Concordant pact with the RC Church, making her an official government (nation, i.e. the Vatican) in her own right. Now, let us notice vs. 13. “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life (again). And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Rev. 13:14, 15.

Now beloved, right there is your “Death Decree.” Do we know when this death decree will be enacted? Let’s answer that with another question. What is the purpose of this death decree? It is to cause (by force of law) everyone to worship the image of the beast. Worship has to do with religion.

So we are talking about a religion of some kind which will demand worship and obedience upon pain of death. Those of us who have studied history know that even before this nation declared its independence on July 4th, 1776, there were Blue Laws in the colonies which were strictly enforced. What are “Blue Laws?” They are Sunday Laws. And in many states they are still on the books even though they are not being enforced.

How could it ever happen that the citizens of this nation would agree to have a National Sunday law and then a death decree to enforce it? Only through deception. “So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures…those who endeavor to obey all the commandments of God will be opposed and derided.” Now, my friend, I want you to notice the next quote very carefully because it is not only enlightening but crucial.

“In order to endure the trial before them, they must understand the will of God as revealed in His word; they can honor Him only as they have a right conception of His character, government, and purposes, and act in accordance with them. None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey God rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand.” GC 594. Remember that these words were penned about 146 years ago in 1855. If you study the history of the 1888 crisis you will learn that this was when God’s professed people got off track. One of the experts on this time period of church history told me personally that the main emphasis of the 1888 messages was the “Character of God.” Do you realize that “Desire of Ages,”(1898) and “Christ’s Object Lessons,” (1900) were written and published within 10 to 12 years after the rejection of the 1888 messages of Righteousness by Faith? The true character of Christ and His Father are emphasized and lifted up all through these books. “God Destroys No Man,” COL 84 is clearly stated. “There can be no more conclusive evidence that we possess the spirit of Satan than the disposition to hurt and destroy those who do not appreciate our work, or who act contrary to our ideas.” DA 487. Here is another one to prove God does not destroy.

“In all of our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial the angel of His presence is near to deliver. Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the Father’s notice. Satan’s hatred against God leads him to hate every object of the Saviour’s care. He seeks to mar the handiwork of God, and he delights in destroying even the dumb creatures. It is only through God’s protecting care that the birds are preserved to gladden us with their songs of joy. But He does not forget even the sparrows. ‘Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.'” DA 356, 357.

When presented with these clear-cut statements most professed believers will try and explain them away saying they mean something else. Like the Pharisees of old they do not desire to know the truth but seek any excuse possible for evading it. Jesus could read the minds of the Pharisees but used this gift to try and help them see their danger. “Jesus gave the rabbis an evidence of His divinity by showing that He read their hearts. Ever since the healing at Bethesda they had been plotting His death. Thus they were themselves breaking the law which they professed to be defending. ‘Did not Moses give you the law,’ He said, ‘and yet none of you keep (obey) the law. Why do you go about plotting my death?” Now watch the reaction of these willfully blind and demon possessed leaders. “Like a swift flash of light these words revealed to the rabbis the pit of ruin into which they were about to plunge. For an instant they were filled with terror. They saw that they were in conflict with Infinite Power. But they would not be warned. In order to maintain their influence with the people, their murderous designs must be concealed. Evading the question of Jesus, they exclaimed, ‘You have a devil: who is going about to kill you? (They were, of course) They insinuated that the wonderful works of Jesus were instigated by an evil spirit.” DA 456. This kind of rejection was going on day after day. And each week and month that passed made the death of their nation more certain as they continued to reject the Son of God. So it is today with the character of God. Just as the Jews passed a death decree against God’s people so another decree of death will be passed in our day the same as the death decree was passed against the Son of God by the most devout and strictest Sabbath keepers the world has ever seen. Some have said their blindness was so great that as soon as they had accomplished their work of crucifying Jesus they hurried home to light their candles, recite their verses, sing their songs of praise and pray to the Creator they had just crucified!! What blindness! Yet, the blindness of this generation is even greater. Isa. 60:1, 2. Gross darkness is upon the people. COL 414-416.

In Rev. 11 we see a continuation of the vision of Rev. 10 in which a “mighty angel” descends from heaven “clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.” Although this is not Jesus, whom we saw standing in the midst of the candlesticks in Rev. 1:13-17, the context indicates that it is the same being Daniel describes in Dan. 10 whom we have identified in previous articles as Gabrielle. Notice that I spelled this in the feminine because we showed in a previous article that Gabrielle is the twin sister and bride of Michael. She speaks under the name “Wisdom” in Proverbs 8. Compare this with Song of Solomon. Just as Michael (Christ) worked side by side with Gabrielle in Daniel’s time so she also works with Him in John’s day. Remember what Gabrielle said in Dan. 10:21? “And there is none that holds (stands) with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” What she is telling Daniel is that Michael is the only being who is equal to her. Since Michael is Christ, what would that tell you? The name of this article was “The Myth of Santa Claus and Mary.” Vol. 27, Number 4, Oct. Nov. Dec. 2000. It is on GLC web site www.godslastcallministries.org. Let’s go on now.

We see this same angel telling John to measure the worshipers in the temple. Obviously this is highly symbolic, therefore the “Two Witnesses” are also symbolic, not two literal persons such as Moses and Elijah. First of all, Moses and Elijah now have immortal life and as immortal beings cannot die anymore than the holy angels or Jesus Himself can die. John is quoting from Zechariah 4:11-14. Notice vs. 14 calls these two “olive trees” and “candlesticks” “anointed ones.” The original Hebrew says, “Sons of oil.” Secondly, the prophecy of Malachi 4:5 has already been fulfilled the first time in the life and ministry of John the Baptist. How do I know that? Because Jesus explained it to his disciples when they asked him,”Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” Here is a good example of how organized religion teaches erroneous doctrine by making false predictions. However, Jesus swept away this deceptive illusion with the truth as we must do today. “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.” Luke 17:11, 12. As in many of the prophecies, there are dual applications. This is especially true of Malachi 4 and its 6 verses. The prophet predicts that a time or day is coming which will “burn like an oven or hot furnace.” Psalm 2 predicts the same thing for our day.”Why do the heathen rage and people imagine a vain thing?” In the days of John the Baptist Rome and Israel were raging against each other and eventually Israel and its center of worship (temple) was destroyed in AD 70 due to the blind rage of the Roman soldiers against the hated Jewish leaders. “The Saviour’s prophecy concerning the visitation of judgments upon Jerusalem is to have another fulfilment, of which that terrible desolation was but a faint shadow. In the fate of the chosen city we may behold the doom of a world that has rejected God’s mercy and trampled upon His law.” GC 36. Are the nations raging today? Just look at what happened in 1945. The USA was so enraged at Japan for their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor that they dropped not one, but two atomic bombs on Japan in Aug. of 1945. Do you think that rage of the nations has subsided any? No, it hasn’t. It has just been submerged into a different form ready to burst forth with even greater fury. Only God’s angels pictured in Rev. 7 are holding back this destruction until the servants of God are sealed. What is the sealing message? It has to do with all three of the messages found in Rev. 14, especially the Sabbath message, which proves that God is a life God, not a death god. The belief that God destroys is Baal Worship pure and simple. “Multitudes have a wrong conception of God and His attributes, and are as truly serving a false god as were the worshipers of Baal. Many even of those who claim to be Christians have allied themselves with influences that are unalterably opposed to God and His truth. Thus they are led to turn away from the divine and to exalt the human.” PK 177, 178.

If we were to look for another fulfillment of the “coming of Elijah” in our day could we find it? Remember that John the Baptist came in the Spirit and power of Elijah. And although a few accepted John’s testimony that Jesus was the Lamb of God and promised Messiah, the nation as a whole rejected Christ, led on by the priests and rulers in their blind jealousy and insane rage against Jesus for cleansing the temple two times and refusing to take up the sword and conquer the Romans. So, although the ministry of John the Baptist blessed a few Israelites, it was not able to avert the curse predicted by Malachi 4:6. But what about our day? Paul’s prophecy is being fulfilled more each day. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Tim. 3:13. Some believe that the ministry of Ellen G. White, spanning 70 years, also has fulfilled that prophecy. Remember that John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” John’s ministry faded away in the glorious light of the ministry of Jesus. So, all that has gone before will fade in the glory of the ministry of the final Elect. The ministry and writings of EGW have guided God’s people since 1844. But now in this glorious revelation of the character of God, the final message of the Elect will shine even brighter just as Jesus’ ministry shined brighter than that of John the Baptist. Paul also made a similar comparison and parallel between the administration of Moses and Christ in I Cor. 3.

Now, let us talk about the deliverance of God’s “Elect”. These are two very familiar terms from Matt. 24:24 about how the deceptions will be so great that even the “Elect” would be deceived, if it were possible, but it is not possible. So they will not be deceived. We will get to that a little later and explain what it is they know that protects them from being deceived. I have mentioned before that this special group who are translated at the same time as those in the “Special Resurrection” of Dan. 12:1, 2 are referred to in Psalm 2 as God’s “Son” and “My King upon my holy Hill of Zion.” This will be the first of the Harvest, i.e. the Barley. These are taken to heaven and given a commission which is referred to in Dan. 7:13, 14; Psalm 2 and Rom. 8:19, 20 and also in Rev. 11:15; 12:10. They can speak in all the languages of the world, travel by thought vibration like Jesus after the resurrection. They will be like God to the wicked so much so that the NWO (Synagogue of Satan) will bow down before their feet and worship them like Haaman fell at the feet of Esther pleading for his life. These are the “Watchmen on the Walls of Zion” who never sleep and who wake up the virgins with the cry, “Behold the Bridegroom Cometh. Go out to meet Him.” Matt. 25. The ones who are sleeping are the Ten Virgins. Five are wise and five are foolish. The five wise become the 144,000. How do I know that? Because Rev. 14:4 tells us they are virgins. And the only other place it refers to virgins is in Matt. 25. They are not defiled with “women” i.e., the false doctrines of the fallen churches. Now, do these 144,000 also go to heaven and get immortal bodies like the Barley people or Little Company?

Yes, they do, at the end of the 40 days, just as Jesus returned to heaven after 40 days with his wave sheaf. Jesus is the type and the Barley or Little Company is the anti-type or fulfillment of the type. The 144,000 are sealed, as we read in Rev. 7, 12,000 from each of those named tribes. They are the anti-type or fulfillment of the 120 which is the original type pointing toward the 144,000. So, the Barley or Little Company will be translated and receive immortal bodies and then come back down and call and then discern between the righteous and the wicked. As the wheat harvest progresses and finally comes to an end during that 40 period the 144,000 will be gathered from the nations and sealed. Then they are able to learn this special song about God’s character which the Barley or Little Company will teach them. This is the special “song” which is the final message to go to the world of His marvelous character. It is referred to as a “song” because of the beautiful harmony it brings forth in those who accept it and share with others. See COL 414-416. The 144,000 will work with Jesus through the Great Time of Trouble (lasting 3 ½ years) giving their testimony for 1260 days. This will be the beginning of the Wheat Harvest, because the 144,000 are the first fruits of this harvest of the house of Israel. I also believe that these 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes named in Rev. 7 are the actual descendants from the original “lost tribes” of Israel. This is the “holy seed” God has preserved. Isa. 6:13. Isn’t that amazing how God kept track of them all through the centuries and matched people up so they could bear off spring who would become “holy seed” perfecting them a little more with each generation by giving them more and more truth about Himself.

It is truly mind blowing how awesome of a God we serve. So, beloved, we see that the final Harvest Cycle of this age begins with the Barley and Flax. Now, this is highly symbolical (anti-typical, i.e. fulfilling the types). Why? Because, although the Barley is primarily used for making bread, the Flax is used to make linen for clothes and linseed oil. See Gen. 41:42 where the King (Pharaoh) arrayed or dressed Joseph (just out of prison) “in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck,” (showing royalty and power and authority to rule). Then in Rev. 19:8 we read that God’s people are to be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white (bright): for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” How do we obtain this “fine linen”? We receive it as a free gift and then “put it on,” which means that we “clothe ourselves” or “immerse and bath” our minds with the knowledge of Jesus and His true and righteous character, which truly is a preparation for the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” in the latter rain. Paul tells us to “put on Christ” or “the new man,” in Rom. 13:12, 14; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:10. Then in Rev. 19:14 we read that the “armies…in heaven followed Him (Jesus) upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” So, the way we “put on Christ,” is to simply believe in Him and His true character and then walk as He walked.

So, the Barley and the Flax come up at the same time. This is easily proven by Exodus 9:31 where we read that “the flax and the barley had been beaten to the ground, for the barley had headed (budded) and the flax was in bloom; but the wheat and the spelt (flax) were not ruined for they were a later crop.” This is why the Bible pictures all Ten of the virgins still sleeping right up until the time of the Coming of Christ (bridegroom) which happens at the time Michael (Jesus) stands up (Dan 12:1, 2) because of the death decree that will be passed against God’s people. So, the first phase of the Second Coming of Christ begins with the translation of the Barley and Flax (type or symbol of their holy priesthood). The Little Company or Elect which is the Barley or Watchmen on the Walls of Zion, etc. Ex. 9:31 reveals the time of year of these plagues. “Flax blossoms the end of January or the beginning of February. The barley crop was in ear about the same time, commonly being cut in March…In Egypt the wheat harvest began about a month later than the barley harvest, and continued until the early part of April.” 1 BC 540. Linen was the preferred cloth of Egypt. The priests wore nothing but linen.

As we have seen already in the life of Joseph in Egypt, that he became the spokesman for Pharaoh, so the Barley or Little Company/Son/ King will become the true Mouth piece of God who are anointed and empowered by the Father Himself (Dan. 7:13, 14). They then “return” Mal. 3:16-18) and “discern” between the wise and foolish virgins. This will be the beginning of the Wheat Harvest which continues right on into the Grape Harvest (Gentiles). At the end of each phase of this harvest the wicked will cry out,”The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20. This is the first time they became aware of the correct timing of the final events.

The last part of the harvest will be the grapes or the gentiles which are referred to in Rev. 7:14 as having “come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb.” Rev. 7:14. In vs 16 we are told that they will no longer hunger or thirst or suffer from the heat of the sun which indicates that they had to go through the terrible final days of earth’s history, the last 3½ years at which time the seven last plagues will be let loose or poured out and the Mark of the Beast enforced with the death decree. That is what Jesus warned us about in Luke 21:34-36 to not get trapped into having to go through this terrible ordeal.

GOD’S HIGH COMMAND END TIME ARMY

The first mention of the word “highest” is found in Psalm 18:13. “The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave His voice.” The next reference is Psalm 87:5. “And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the HIGHEST HIMSELF shall establish her.” At the very inception of the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan we read that Lucifer (now Satan) desired to be “like the most high.” Isa. 14:14.

the mother of Jesus, was told by the angel that she would “bring forth a son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David…and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31-33. And then the very night Jesus was born the angels sang praises to God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and earth peace, good will toward men.” Lk 2:14.

At the very beginning of Christ’s ministry He talked openly about becoming “children of the Highest,” a direct reference to His heavenly Father. Luke 6:35. Not very many were interested though because Jesus told them the path to the throne was by loving your enemies and being kind to the unthankful and evil…i.e. to always be merciful to everyone.

In the book of Hebrews Paul refers to Melchisedec, who was “king of Salem, priest of the most high God,” who had appeared to Abraham and became a type or example of Christ’s ministry in the heavenly sanctuary as our great high priest. The word “high” is mentioned many times in Hebrews in reference to Christ’s work in the Most Holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.

In I John 3:1-3 the beloved apostle refers to those who believe in Jesus as “sons of God” who will become like Him when He shall appear (second coming) at the end of our age. Then in Rev. 3:7-10 John reveals that the only perfect and mature church of the seven is the Church of Philadelphia who will be given the “Key of David.” This church also stands up for God’s name or character and receives so much power from on high that even the Synagogue of Satan will bow down before them, acknowledging that God has loved them. They are also kept or saved from the final “Hour of Temptation” which is to try the whole earth. In Matt. 13:43 Jesus predicted that “the righteous” would “shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” This means they will be translated and have immortal bodies like Jesus had after the resurrection. See Phil 3:20, 21 & I Cor. 15:51…The “Last Trump” is the 7th Trumpet of Rev. 11:15 at which time the first phase of the Harvest of human beings begins and the first phase of the resurrection of the dead begins as well.

Paul also admonishes us to have the same mind or attitude or spirit of Christ who was willing to humble Himself to the death of the cross. “Wherefore, God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name.” Phil 2:9. Those who are willing to take up their cross and follow Jesus all the way will also receive a crown of glory and reign with Him on high during the 1,000 years and later on earth.

John saw in vision God’s High Command Army. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He hat sat upon Him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire and on His head were many crowns;…and the armies of which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron.” Cf Psalm 2:8-12. Read also Joel 2 where it says that “Before their face (this high command army) the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.” Joel 2:6.

This army will come forth and be formed by God Himself at the time of the “Manifestation of the Sons of God.” Rom 8:19, 20. The book of Revelation was written for our day, especially for and about the last seven years of this earth’s history. Many people believe in a “Secret Rapture.” This phrase is not found in the Bible. And those who teach this theory have no idea of God’s purpose for taking people up to heaven. Their belief is that they are taken up to heaven to spend eternity with God and the angels playing a harp. They know not the Scriptures nor the power of God. The Lord is going to raise up a mighty army of men and women who will prophesy against the New World Order, which is the Synagogue of Satan. They will do this for 3 ½ years, Rev. 11:1-7. First in a body of Flesh just as Jesus did for 3 ½ years. This is not just two people like Elijah and Moses. These Two Witnesses represent the same group as the Church of Philadelphia, the Mature Church and the Sons of God of Rom. 8:19, 20. These Two Witnesses are the same as the “Elect.” Matt. 24:24. This group is represented by the Stone that is cut out of the Mountain without hands. They are going to be God’s Jewels, Mal. 3:16-18, yes, even His Special Treasure who will discern between the righteous and the wicked, the wise and the foolish virgins.
A PROPHETIC DREAM

The first bible study I ever attended after being Born Again was led by Armin Wolff in May of 1969. Armin is seen here standing in his home recording studio in Palo Alto, California in the early 1970s. Armin was working on the Stanford Linear Accelerator at the time. He drove to Woodacre in Marin county to conduct the weekly bible study. This is Armins’ dream:

Last night I had an extremely exciting and vivid dream-vision concerning the return of our LORD Jesus. I normally never remember anything I dream, but this was so gripping and vivid, and I have been thinking about it all day today. I would like to share it with you and hereby also have a written record.

I found myself in a meeting with a number of believers. The meeting hall looked like some kind of a warehouse and there were fewer than 100 assembled. The talk seemed to center on the increasing persecution they were experiencing. All of a sudden Jesus appeared and most, but not all, were instantly transformed from mortal beings into Immortal. Also, at the same instant, some other Holy Ones appeared who had walked with God in ages past, both in New and Old Testament times. All of the ones who had, in an instant of time, received their new bodies were able to recognize and converse with the Holy Ones from times past. I heard someone exclaim: ‘I thought You are coming in the clouds to take us away.’ The reply was: ‘I AM coming in the clouds and… My reward is with Me Behold, here they are, My Holy Ones of all time, My faithful witnesses, those who loved not their life, and thus received it. They are the clouds and my reward, My reward for what I endured on the cross for all.’

I heard another question asked of the LORD, by one of the Transformed Persons, whether He would now take them with Him out of the tribulation they were experiencing. He replied: ‘No, you must remain here for another 40 days and nights, just as I was on Earth for another 40 days after My resurrection and minister with Me to those who were not ready. After the 40 days and nights you will come with Me into the skies above Jerusalem and we will leave from there to have a celebration, a banquet in My Father’s house, a feast that has been planned before the worlds were made.’

The ones in the assembly, who had remained in their mortal bodies, lamented and cried to the Transformed Ones to help them, but were told: ‘It is now too late. The Bridegroom has come for us and there is nothing we can do for you, in this regard. However, if you will not love your own life, not bow to the will of the sin-man and take that seal of his, you will join us after the celebration. You will be sealed by your death and kept in the throne room for the LORD.’

In what seemed a moment later, I was in another similar assembly in (maybe) another country. There also, the instant transformation had taken place of many. I was told that this same event had happened all over the Earth and all born again, Spirit filled followers of Jesus had been thus transformed, at whatever spot they happened to be in that instant, and were joined by many of God’s Holy Ones, from the dawn of creation up to the present time.

Just then, some heavily armed police, or soldiers, burst into the meeting and proceeded to beat, shoot, and arrest the believers. A little blonde Transformed lady stood-up to one of the large men, and refused to move when told she was under arrest. Five or six huge men tried to drag her away, but could not move her any further than they could have moved an ancient redwood or oak tree. This infuriated the police and they started to beat her, and to start shooting their weapons. The bullets went right through the Transformed Believers and made holes in the walls, or in some cases, struck and killed some of the mortals standing behind them. The blows seemed to go through also and have no effect whatsoever on the new resurrection bodies. The remaining mortals were dragged off to prison, along with some of the Transformed Ones who chose to go along. There was no sure way to tell at first glance, who was mortal and who lived in a transcendent resurrection body.

I was then also in a prison, and saw how the Immortals were comforting the anguished souls who were to be executed unless they denounced the name of Jesus. The guards and all governmental authorities were furious that they could do absolutely nothing to prevent the Glorified Believers from coming and going and ministering anywhere on Earth, wherever Jesus told them to go. No wall could hem them in, and no weapon, or human force, could oppose or harm them. One of the Transformed Saints who had lived ages ago on Earth spoke: ‘Within forty days, all who refuse to accept the seal of the evil one will be killed and kept safe by the Father, personally, in the throne room. Those who give in, will suffer in the Terrible Wrath beginning after the last saint is murdered. This Wrath is the LORD’s Last Effort to get rebellious mankind to repent.’ (Note: “Wrath” here refers to God’s hand of protection being removed).

At this point, I awoke and as you can imagine, was quite agitated. In fact, my heart rate was considerably above the normal resting level. The clock said 5:05am. Needless to say, I could not go back to sleep. Over time, I may forget the details of this dream, or vision, but one thing I’ll never forget is the anguish, wailing, and heart-rending lamentations of those who had to remain here. I do not know how many of these chose to be killed rather than take the seal of the anti-christ.

Scripture does speak of a group coming out of the Great Tribulation, but whether some are from those who were left behind, or not, was not made clear to me in this vision. by Armin A. Wolff, February 15,1993 – conclusion Analyze Any Modern Prophesy, Dream, or Vision Just As You Would Scripture From VISIONS here – http://www.tvbn.com/index.html I have shared this testimony with you as it agrees with all that I have been studying on re: the translation of the Barley group or the Little Company EGW speaks of in EW 269 to 272.

Zion Cry’s Comments

I notice only 100 believers. I have felt that only 1 in 100 people who say they are Christians will be in Heaven, the rest have chosen a sinful life of unrepentance – or refused to stand against sin publicly. VERY SAD! The Lord told me long ago that we – His obedient children – are His reward! Think of it! That is so exciting! I know nothing about the website I took this from, or the visionary. But I do find this exciting! So I posted it for you. Where he mentions the Transformed Believers – I have seen other dreams and visions of other visionaries which support this, and you can find them on my website – DREAMS n VISIONS. When he says – Wrath is the LORD’s Last Effort to get rebellious mankind to repent – this is so. Many years ago the LORD gave me personally a glorious vision, in which He said – MY JUDGMENT IS MY MERCY!

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The five wise virgins will become the 144,000. They are pictured as standing on Mt. Zion with the Father’ name in their foreheads singing a new song. What is this new song? Well, the fact that it is “new” means that there was an “old song.” And the 144,000 have to learn this song which means they did not know it. So, who is teaching it to them? The ones who know it, who are this special group…this “High Command Army” or the “Watchmen on the Walls of Zion who are not asleep. They are the ones who cry out, “Behold the Bridegroom is coming,” and thus wake up the Ten Virgins, five of whom become the 144,000, who had fallen asleep waiting for the Bridegroom. They are the ones who will be translated in the first wave of the harvest…the first phase of the harvest cycle, the Barley. See Judges 7 and Ruth 1:22; 2:23; Judges 7:13, 14. The wheat follow who will be the 144,000. They are the wheat or the richest part of the harvest. But the Second Coming of Christ begins with the Barley Harvest, a most insignificant and small grain. And so this army will be composed of those who are not thought of as being anyone important in the eyes of the world.

Read Rev. 6:12-17 and you will see that traditionally this has been thought of as the end of the world. But in reality it is the beginning of the harvest…the forming of God’s end time “High Command Army.” Would you like to be a part of this army? The Lord is recruiting people right now to serve in this army. Beloved, our Lord is never on the defensive. No, He is always on the offensive. While the fearful and proud will be hiding out in the mountains and crying for the rocks to fall upon them God’s army will be translated up to the Throne of God to receive their Divine commission, Dan. 7:13, 14. They will be given gifts and powers just as Jesus received at the time of His baptism. They will be able to speak in all the languages of the world and to travel by thought vibration. They will need no passports or cars to travel in for they will move from one place to another at the speed of thought. Their faces will shine like the sun, Matt. 13:43 and no one will be able to stop them. They are God’s “High Command,” army who will be involved in the first phase of the transfer of power…they are the “Christos” (Christ) of Rev. 11:15 and 12:10.

A mighty shout of victory will be heard in heaven as they say, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” Read Dan. 11:44, 45 where Satan will “come to his end and none shall help him.” This is triggered by the Good News (bad news to Satan) that God’s High Command Army has been formed.

So, then this little army will go up to the throne of God, just like Jesus did on Sunday morning, and then He came back down and took 40 days to select 108 more disciples until He had 120 in the upper room. These are types and today this High Command Army is the anti-type or the fulfillment of the proto-type. A type is just an example. Ok, that is enough for now on this topic. You can study more in-depth on your own on the Web Site at www.godslastcallministries.org. May the Lord richly bless you and yours as you continue to study and learn about these important concepts which will prepare you to become part of this end time “High Command Army.

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Now, we are going to examine two very powerful quotes which should convince the most hardened skeptic that the SOP (EGW) taught God does not destroy. Here is the first one:

“We cannot know how much we owe to Christ for the peace and protection which we enjoy. It is the restraining power of God that prevents mankind from passing fully under the control of Satan. The disobedient and unthankful have great reason for gratitude for God’s mercy and longsuffering in holding in check the cruel, malignant power of the evil one. But when men pass the limits of divine forbearance, that restraint is removed. God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of the sentence against transgression; but He leaves the rejectors of His mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown. Every ray of light rejected, every warning despised or unheeded, every passion indulged, every transgression of the law of God, is a seed sown which yields its unfailing harvest. The Spirit of God, persistently resisted, is at last withdrawn from the sinner, and then there is left no power to control the evil passions of the soul, and no protection from the malice and enmity of Satan.” Great Controversy, pgs. 34-37.

Here now is the second one:

“But in that day, as in the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, God’s people will be delivered, everyone that shall be found written among the living.” Ibid. Isaiah 4:3. <Comment> I had never seen this verse in Isa. 4 in this light until now. I believe EGW is referring to the translation of the Little Company or the “Barley Group” (Gideon’s Band). See EW 270 and on. This is a description of the “Little Company”the servant of the Lord saw walking up this narrow pathway. If you do not have EW let me know and I will send you these pages so you can understand what I am talking about. Notice verses 2 and 3. “In that day shall the branch of the Lord (cf. Isa. 11:1-5) be beautiful and glorious, (the margin from original the Hebrew says, “beauty & glory,” i.e. having Christ’s character) and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, (from the shaking and terrible apostasy due to deception & persecution) shall be called holy, even every one that is written (In the book) among the living in Jerusalem.” <comment> This is a direct reference to those who will remain alive to be translated and is a parallel to Dan. 12:1, 2 & Malachi 3:16-18. “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. <comment> Cf. Mal. 4:1, 2. Then vs 5, 6 is a promise of protection for God’s Remnant who are being hunted down like animals; they will be protected by a “cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: as well as protection from the terrible searing heat of the sun (Rev. 16:1) as well as from the storm and rain. Now, we have already read in Rev. 11:12 that they are going to be translated in the sight of their enemies. This will not be a secret rapture. These are the ones who remain alive and are faithful. So, their “death” is a symbolism just like the City of Jerusalem here is symbolized as Sodom and Egypt (cf. Isa. 1:10-12). It will be just like the “death experience” the disciples went through when Jesus died. The believers in 1844 had a similar experience, but this one that is coming for the Little Company will be much worse. Much more traumatic and severe similar to what Jacob went through…that is why it is called “Jacob’s Time of Trouble.”

The character of Jesus and their own reputation were destroyed, assassinated along with Jesus on the cross. As far as they were concerned, the church was dead. But when Jesus arose from the grave on Sunday morning the church was raised to life just as if they had died. The priests and rulers were no doubt congratulating each other that they finally got rid of that “deceiver” who had tormented them for three and a half years by rebuking them and telling them that they would not stand in the day of judgment unless they confessed their sins. Do you see the parallel? These two witnesses represent the Little Barley Company, as identified in the 20 descriptions already listed. Now, let us continue with the quote from EGW.

“Christ has declared that He will come the second time to gather His faithful ones to Himself:…And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,” Matt. 24:30, 31. Then shall they that obey not the gospel be consumed with the spirit of His mouth and be destroyed with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thess. <Comment> EGW is now going to make a very important comment to explain the mechanics of how this destruction is effected or carried out. Notice:

“Like Israel of old the wicked destroy themselves; they fall by their iniquity. By a life of sin, they have placed themselves so out of harmony with God, their natures have become so debased with evil, that the manifestation of His glory is to them a consuming fire.” GC 37. <Comment> We know how the Jewish nation was destroyed. The Romans came and sieged the city for 3 ½ years during which time they starved to death and killed each other fighting over the food. Finally the Romans broke into the city, set the temple ablaze. Those whom they did not kill with the sword they crucified. The remainder were sold as slaves.

Jesus came and manifested His glory, even the glorious fire of His truth for He told them, “I am come to bring fire on the earth.” Luke 12:49. And that is precisely what He did for 3 ½ years but they rejected Him and thus separated themselves from God. As a result they forfeited God’s protection and Rome came and destroyed them. I hope you will study this verse out for yourself so you will understand what the “Fire of God” truly is.

The “consuming fire” in this case was, first of all, His glorious character, “holy, harmless and undefiled” (Heb. 7:26) which they rejected. This was the “fire of His love,” Song of Solomon 8:6, which was manifested on the day of Pentecost in Tongues of Fire on the heads of the 120 disciples in the upper room. This was the power of the Holy Spirit to cleanse the soul temple from sin so as to provide a clean dwelling place for the Presence of God which would have been their salvation and protection. It was a “spiritual fire” or “symbolical fire” that the Jewish nation refused to receive thus leaving them unprotected from the literal “consuming fire” which was the Roman armies that destroyed them. God did not destroy them although He takes the blame for it, as always, because He is the everlasting Sovereign and majestic God of Israel. Instead, like King Saul and Israel as a nation, they destroyed themselves, just as Hosea declared, “Oh Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in Me is thine help.” Hosea 13:9. But to the faithful who believed in the words of Jesus there was a way of escape and they wisely embraced His words and followed His counsel. As a result, “Not one Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem. Christ had given His disciples warning, and all who believed His words watched for the promised sign. ‘When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies,’ said Jesus, ‘then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out.'” Luke 21:20, 21.

Now, let us draw a parallel to our day from this same chapter in which we find that the Holy Spirit led Luke to record not only the method or means of escape for the Christians in the Autumn of AD 66, but in this last age in which we are living as well. Please take time to read all of Luke 17 and 21 for yourself along with Matt. 24 and Mark 13 as well as chapter one of “Great Controversy.” Pray as you read and the Lord will make many more things clear to your mind that we don’t have time to cover in this article. Luke 21:24-33 are verses that I believe apply specifically to our day…the last age before Jesus comes. Then the very next verse begins the last recorded words of Jesus on the Mount of Olives regarding the future. “Be on your guard, so that your hearts are not overloaded with dissipation, drunkenness and worldly cares, and that day takes you by surprised like a trap, for it will come upon all the inhabitants of the globe. But you be vigilant (constantly watching) and pray unceasingly so that you may have strength to escape all those impending events and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36. Modern Language. A paraphrase says, “To arrive in my Presence without having to experience these horrors.” We know that for years Pentecostals have been teaching that they will be secretly “raptured” before the Tribulation begins. But they have never taught that God’s army (Rev. 19) led by Jesus on White Horses, will return to this earth with immortal bodies for the purpose of transferring the kingdoms of this earth from Satan to Christ through the authority and power the Father will give Him through this Barley group or little company.

Why is it almost no one seems to know this wonderful truth…The real good news…? Why? Because, my friends, they have rejected the character of God message, “Denying His Name.” Where do I get that idea? Let’s read it together in Rev. 3:8: “I know your doings (works). See, (original Greek is “idou” meaning to “Behold,” which means to take a good, long look and study out the situation…observe it carefully) I have provided (set) an open door in front of you, one which no one is able to close; because, while possessing little strength, you have observed My word and have not renounced (denied) My Name (character).” Remember this is what Moses requested God to reveal to Him…”His glory which He declared to be His Name. Ex. 33:12-19. And so the Lord revealed His goodness to Moses which literally means, “my beauty,” or “my excellence.” This was done by revealing the attributes of His character such as “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” Ex. 34:6, 7.

Now, beloved, I want to share something with you the Lord just revealed to me in my mind as I was studying on Moses’ experience there on the Mountain which was so important for Moses to understand so He could become the real leader He needed to be for God’s people. This same revelation of His character was given to Elijah 585 years later on the same mountain when the Lord allowed the destructive elements of the wind, the fire and an earthquake to be manifested by the devil who is the Destroyer. Ex. 12:23; Ps. 17:4;Jer. 4:7. I Cor. 10:10. Actually, the Lord has revealed Himself to everyone in various manners and methods through the centuries but not so dramatically as we see in the life of Moses, Solomon (when the temple was dedicated), Isaiah 6, Elijah, Ezekiel and Daniel when Gabrielle appeared to him, Dan. 10. And I believe this was the same revelation that was given to Saul on the road to Damascus when “repentinamente le rodeo un resplandor de luz de cielo” which in English reads, “suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven.”

In Acts 22:11 Saul recounted this vision to his Hebrew brethren referring to the “glory of that light.” There you have that word “glory” again which is an important clue that this was the same vision of God’s character that He has always shown those who have desired and requested it in their hearts. Saul had been suffering with a guilty conscience ever since the death of Stephen. So, this glorious epiphany was a little sample of the “glory of the Lord,” which will fill the earth in the last days. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh (how many? All flesh) shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” Isa. 40:5.This will take place after the 1,000 years. Read GC 666 for more information on this point. Think also what the word “Lake” actually means in Rev. 20:9-15. What is a lake? It is a body of water. And we know the people will be on “fire” with hatred, revenge, remorse and a desire to kill God and the saints inside the city because they are so jealous and angry. So, that is why the Bible uses this metaphor or symbol of the Lake representing this “Lake of humanity” who are on fire with all these negative, fiery emotions. Obadiah 17, 18 also refer to this same experience at this same moment in time. “And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.” Just as Saul of Tarsus was destroyed by the fiery and glorious light of Jesus on the road to Damascus that day (Acts 9) so also the whole house of Esau (Edomites) will also be transformed just as Jacob died in the arms of Jesus as he wrestled with Him that fateful and glorious night and what was the result. He was transformed into Israel, an overcomer, the same as Saul of Tarsus was transformed into Paul the apostle.

When Jesus appeared to Saul he was blinded by the light of the Saviour’s glorious Presence. Speaking his name twice, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?” (Or Why do you keep on or continue to persecute Me?) Shocked and surprised by this sudden and unexpected revelation Saul asked this obviously superior and supernatural being the same question any of us would ask, “Who are you, Lord?” Without any hesitation the Voice replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Get up now and go into the city. Someone there will tell you what you must do.” Acts 9. “In the glorious Being who stood before him he saw the Crucified One. Upon the soul of the stricken Jew the image of the Saviour’s countenance was imprinted forever. The words spoken struck home to his heart with appalling force. Into the darkened chambers of his mind there poured a flood of light, revealing the ignorance and error of his former life and his present need of the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.” AA 114, 115. In GC 666 you will find that EGW describes the Panoramic view or Movie In the Sky which will be given after the 1,000 years when the wicked rush up to surround the city. “As soon as the books of record are opened (in the mind of each sinner), and the eye of Jesus looks upon the wicked, they are conscious of very sin which they have ever committed.” GC 666. We know that God does not condemn anyone. He is never against any of us. He makes the sun to shine and the rain on the good and bad alike. The wicked are their own judges and accusers because they believe the lies of Satan that God does not love them. Their mind is like a computer holding all the files of their lives which they periodically access and review causing more guilt, frustration, remorse anger and a desire for revenge. When Jesus looks upon them they become aware of the real truth of what really happens. Eventually this leads them to bow down before the King of the Universe turn to Him, confess and at last praise His holy name. See Phil. 2:6-11. Rev. 5:11-14. This will not be a fake confession or conversion nor will it be a forced one anymore than it was for Saul of Tarsus. Psalm 22:26-28.

As Saul was baptized with the glory of Jesus holy and life-giving Presence he realized that he had been doing the work of Satan by persecuting the followers of Jesus. He realized that he had been lied to and misled by the priests and rulers. “In that hour of heavenly illumination Saul’s mind acted with remarkable rapidity. The prophetic records of Holy Write were opened to his understanding. He saw that the rejection of Jesus by the Jews, His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, had been foretold by the prophets and proved Him to be the promised Messiah. Stephen’s sermon at the time of his martyrdom was brought forcibly to Saul’s mind, and he realized that the martyr had indeed beheld ‘THE GLORY OF GOD’ when he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.'” Acts 7:55, 56. The priests had pronounced these words blasphemy, but Saul now knew them to be the truth.” Acts of the Apostles, 115, 116. The word “Glory” is used again on page 117.

Now, let us read Rev. 14:7 which is the beginning of the Three Angel’s messages which contains the everlasting gospel. Notice again the word “Glory” is used. “Saying with a loud voice (not done secretly), Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

The three angels flying in the midst of heaven crying out, signify both the urgency, the speed and progressive nature of these messages. Also the White Horses of Rev. 19 are symbolic of the power and strength of the message. It also represents the Pure light of the knowledge of the ages flowing from the throne of God out through the gates of the Eternal City, New Jerusalem, flooding our sin darkened planet with its splendorous glory. EGW stated that the light of the third angels’ message had begun in the 1888 message. And we have already read where EGW clearly stated that the final message to go to the world is a revelation of His character of love. COL 414, 415. Here the character message is combined with the preaching of the Sabbath message because the Sabbath reveals God’s glorious character in that it proves our God is a life God, not a death god. To “Give Glory to God” means that we assign to Him His true character because He is on trial again as we read here in the verse that”The Hour of His judgment is come” or “The Hour of the judging of Him” or “The Hour of His Trial,” is come. Do you realize, beloved, that the church has not received any “New Light” since 1888, except that which has been given to individuals here and there throughout the earth who are not part of the organized body (which is in the same position as ancient Israel in Jesus’ and Paul’s day). So, in essence, ever since 1888 the majority of God’s professed people have been wandering in the wilderness of unbelief the same as Israel of old. See 2T 441, 442. And that is precisely what EGW said they were doing, “repeating the History of Israel.”

So, it is our wonderful God who is on trial. But for what? Because He will be blamed for all the evil and suffering that has ever happened in this world. And His people will also be blamed. That is why they will pass a “Sunday Law Death Decree” against them. That is what the Tribulation or Time of Trouble is all about. It is the War of Armageddon in which the forces of God and Satan take the field to do battle. The forces of evil will be trying to prove that God is angry at us. The proof they will give is all the problems in the world and disasters in nature. But the Elect or Barley Company will show from the Bible that God is not the one who distorts or curses His own creation. This is the work of Satan and his human agents who are causing all the problems with technology such as HAARP.

In Dan. 2 we see how this ancient prophecy is coming to pass in our day. Daniel interpreted the King’s dream of the metallic man showing how it would come to pass progressively as one kingdom after another came on the scene and then fell and faded away. Finally Daniel saw a stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands which hit the metallic image on the feet and toes. This stone kingdom is to be set up during the time that all these iron and clay kingdoms are trying to get their act together (United Nations) but are not able to “cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Dan. 2:42-44. I find it fascinating that Jesus Himself likened His kingdom to a “Rock” upon which He would build His church. Jesus did not mean that Peter was this Rock. No, because Peter was like a little rolling stone. But the Rock of Ages upon which His church would be built is the truth that Peter uttered…”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Matt. 16:16. This stone and rock represents the same group as the Barley and Little Company. We find in chapter 3 that Nebuchadnezzar’s pride got the better of his judgment leading him to “set up” a golden image on the plain of Dura. And truly this was a “set up” or a trap that was set for the people of God. And sure enough everyone of the children of Israel in captivity at that time ended up bowing down to that image except for Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abendigo. You know the story of how they alone were thrown into the fiery furnace but escaped. In fact the fire burned away their ropes that bound them. So it is that God’s pre-designed trials and afflictions burn away the dross from our lives and set us free to serve Him better. Every attack of the enemy only elevates us to a higher level or dimension. Even the cross elevated Jesus to have a Name (Character) that is above every character that has ever existed and will endure for all eternity. Phil 2:6-11. And we should also note that in Dan. 4 we find that even Nebuchadnezzar was converted after seven years of insanity out in the wilderness.

And is it not interesting how David killed Goliath? He selected five smooth stones and with one of them He slew the giant. I Sam. 16. Five stones–Five wise virgins who come from the Ten Virgins who are all asleep. So who are the ones who are not sleeping whom the Lord can use to wake up the virgins? They are the “Watchmen on the Walls of Zion.” Study Isa. 21 then Ezek. 3 and 33 then go to Hosea 9 and study Ephraim

The question we must answer my friend is this: Are we willing to let God prepare our hearts for this awesome task of giving the final message? As the prophetic scroll is being unrolled day by day before our very eyes we can see the time is drawing near. I find it truly amazing that someday the foolish virgins who refused to believe that prophecy was being fulfilled will cry out, “The harvest is past the summer is ended and we are not saved.” Jer. 8:20. For once they finally figured out where they were in the stream of time, but it was too late. This will no doubt be repeated all through the harvest cycle of Barley, Wheat and Grape, for many are called but few are chosen. We saw this in Gideon’s day and all through the history of Israel. So it will be repeated in our day. That is why the Bible is repeatedly admonishing us to “watch and pray.”

There is a story I have had for many years which I want to share with you to make an important point. Llewellyn A. Wilcox wrote a book in 1961 entitled, “NOW IS THE TIME.” Chapter 2 is entitled, “Knowing the Time,” based on Rom. 13:11. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we (first) believed.” Then he gives one of the most riveting and best illustrations of the tragedy of waiting too long to make up your mind. Notice:

“I have stood in the Ferry building at San Francisco when the hands of the clock stood at but a few minutes to the departure of the last boat to Oakland. I have seen men and women standing about in little groups, idly chatting about this and that with friends from whom they were reluctant to separate. Occasionally they would look at the clock or their watches. They knew the time, and they were measuring it. Perhaps the boat may have been a few minutes delayed…

Suddenly the gong rings. The door swings up. The guard calls out. The crowd surges forward…And then, believe it or not, I have seen people who have had all the time that was necessary to buy their ticket, rush up to the ticket window, throw down their money, grab up their ticket, leave their change, tear across the waiting room and reach the door–just in time to have it slam in their faces!” Page 30. I don’t think any comment is necessary except one…Don’t let the harvest time pass you by because you waited too long to get your ticket. Love in Him, Pastor Mike Clute. Now is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation.

Additional Notes:

There is an important point that we should understand regarding the identity of this “other” Angel of Rev. 10 and 18. The last part of Rev 9 is referring to the same people in Rev 16 who refuse to repent and give God the “glory” but continued to blaspheme His Name, Rev 16:9. God’s Name is His glory which means His true character of love which reveals that He does not destroy. Remember that Paul tells us that the “Glory” of a man or a man’s glory is the woman. “For a man…is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” I Cor. 11:7. Now, let us keep in mind that the Godhead has been corrupted just as the true relationship between God and man has been corrupted. How? By corrupting the true relationship that God created to exist between a man and a woman. So, in order for “All things to be restored before Jesus can return” (Acts 3:21) this true knowledge of God’s glory (character) must be restored. Vital to this restoration is an understanding of the Godhead itself.

In 2 Cor. 4:4 Paul tells us that the “god of this world has blinded the minds” of those who do not believe. And what is it they are blind to? “The light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God…For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6. There it is pure, plain and simple. In order to know God and His glory we must look into the face of Jesus. The beloved apostle John knew Christ more intimately than the other disciples. And that is why He was commissioned to write, not only the book of John and three epistles but the last and most important book on prophecy, Revelation. In the very first verse of this Apocalypse we read that this final Revelation was given to His angel who in turn gave it to John. Now, there are several angels in the book of Revelation but one stands out with greater brilliance and power than the others. John describes this angel as “mighty.” It comes right after the sounding of the 6th angel. “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was at were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.” Rev 10:1.

This is not one of the seven angels with the seven trumpets but “another” angel. The Greek word is “allos” which means “other” or “a different one.” So, here is an angel who is not one of the seven angels but is “allos” (different). How is it different? It is “mighty.” In other words it is a higher order of the angels as you will see, the highest, equal even with Michael. Listen to John’s description: “Clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:” Rev. 10:1. There are so many points to cover here that I will not go into as much detail as I would like. But I will give you enough so you can research it out for yourself. In Acts 26:12, 13 Paul describes the being who appeared to him as “brighter than the sun.” Now, I want to be clear on one point. This Mighty angel of Rev. 10 is not Jesus, but a “different” angel who is not one of the seven as this same angel speaks about the work of the coming 7th angel. Furthermore, the face of this angel is “as it were the sun.” Now, notice what happened to Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. “And (He, Jesus) was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Matt. 17:2. So, we see that this Mighty angel’s brightness is equal to Jesus Himself. Notice also that the description of the feet and legs are the same as Jesus in Rev. 1:15. “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if the burned in a furnace.” Rev. 10:1 describes this mighty angel’s feet “as pillars of fire.” Song of Solomon 5:15 also describes Jesus’ legs as being like alabaster or marble. Dan. 10 describes the angel Gabriel as looking almost exactly like Christ among the candlesticks in Rev 1, moreover Gabrielle categorically states that no one is equal to her except Michael. Now if that were not enough, be aware that this mighty angel has two other characteristics which clearly identify it as being equal with Jesus and part of the Godhead or God family. 1. “Clothed with a cloud.” Acts 1:9 tells us that Jesus was taken up to heaven in a cloud. “And a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Cf. Matt. 17:5. “These angels were of the company that had been waiting in a shining cloud to escort Jesus to His heavenly home. The most exalted of the angel throng, they were the two who had come to the tomb at Christ’s resurrection, and they had been with Him throughout His life on earth.” DA 832. 2. So, this angel of Rev. 10, like Christ, travels with a retinue of the heavenly host. “And a rainbow was upon His head.” This is highly significant because the rainbow is associated with the throne of God in Rev. 4:3 and indicates this being is part of the God family, i.e., Father God, Mother God (El Shaddai, the Almighty Breasted One, Gen. 17:1, Michael or Jesus the Son and Gabrielle, Shekinah, only daughter and Twin Sister to Michael.

Let us note that God’s people are also identified as being part of this same God family in the Time of Trouble. How precious then must be the every child of Adam to the heart of the God family. “With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation, throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey, when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the night, falls upon the earth. Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company. The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries die away. The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of God’s covenant and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness.” GC 636. Rev. 16:17 is quoted, “It is done.” which is spoken at the time of the 7th plague and so this would be at the close of the last 3 ½ years or at the end of the grape harvest. The Barley Company and 144,000 will not have to pass through this terrible time of trouble in mortal bodies but will be working with Jesus to help guide, protect and rescue those who are brought in during the grape harvest. In my Vol. 27 #4 issue of 2000 I quoted from RH Dec. 22, 1896 where we read about the “Bow of promise …above the throne.” This is in regard to the vision of Isaiah 6. Also in MS 71, 1897 we read about the “Shekinah” that was revealed to Isaiah. “This was the SHEKINAH, the visible pavilion of Jehovah.” This word “Shekhinah is an abstract noun in Hebrew derived from the Biblical term shakhan and literally means, “the act of dwelling.” “These abstract nouns, constructed from the verbal root-letters with the added-AH suffix, have the FEMININE GENDER.” In Aramaic it is “shekhinta.”

In Dan. 10:6 the prophet describes Gabrielle as having a “body… like beryl, and (his) face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” This is a parallel to Christ’s description in Rev. 1. But the colors are also significant as to gender in every culture. For example, blue is for boys and pink is for girls. Gabrielle is described as having a body like as “beryl.” Webster’s defines beryl as “precious with reference to gems. A feminine name.” It is also defined as “sea green gem…< Prakrit verullya > …a very hard, lustrous mineral that is a source of beryllium and that occurs in hexagonal crystals, usually blue, green, pink, or yellow in color: emerald and aquamarine are two gem varieties of beryl.” Cf. Ezek. 1:15-17. I also find it interesting that Emeraldo and Beryl are feminine names as is Gabrielle. We must remember that the Bible was translated by men in past centuries who believed women had no rights or place in society. So they would not translate the feminine aspect in these texts. Although many more points could be made I think this is sufficient for now. I will conclude with a reference to Desire of Ages 578. “While the procession was halting on the brow of Olivet, it was not yet too late for Jerusalem to repent. The angel of mercy was then folding her wings to step down from the golden throne to give place to justice and swift-coming judgment. But Christ’s great heart of love still pleaded for Jerusalem.” Notice that this angel is a female being. This is the SHEKINAH glory. I also believe that this same angel of Rev. 10 is spoken of in Rev. 18 who “comes down from heaven having great power (authority); And the earth was lightened with his glory.” Rev. 18:1. So, what is the significance of identifying the fourth member of the Godhead at this point in history? The point is that the early believers, on the day of Pentecost, the 120 in the upper room were chosen to be filled with the Holy Ghost (SHEKINAH or Gabrielle). This is the “Comforter” whom Jesus promised…the same Dove that was with Him throughout His ministry and in the Garden, even Gabrielle. The Dove is feminine. Also, realize that the Mother (El Shaddai) and daughter work closely together just as the Father and Son. Just as the Holy Ghost possessed and filled the 120 at Pentecost so she will again fill, possess and empower the final Elect, the Barley and after 50 days the 144,000. When the Barley are translated, they will ascend to the Father’s throne with their “Wave Sheaf,” which will be the risen saints from the Special resurrection, to become the Bride of Christ. Some believe that Gabrielle is the bride while others say it is the New Jerusalem, based on Rev 21:2, 11 “having the glory of God.” There is no mystery here once you realize that a city is not a city unless it is filled with people, i.e. citizens. And those same people are in-filled with the “glory of God” even the Holy Ghost, Shekinah, Gabrielle. Thus it is that Jesus and His bride, the church, the New Jerusalem, have their wedding day at last. This is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. May we all dedicate ourselves to this glorious task of making known these truths to others so that glorious Wedding day of our Blessed Redeemer and His beloved Gabrielle may soon be consummated.

About 1966 I wrote a pamphlet on this topic entitled, “THE SIGN OF GOD’S POWER TO SAVE AND SEAL HIS PEOPLE.” If you would like to read it let me know and I will send it out to you.

WILL YOU ESCAPE THE COMING TIME OF TROUBLE?

What is the “Time of Trouble?” And when will it begin? The first reference to this period of time is found in Dan 12:1. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children (descendants) of your people (Israel): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” The RSV reads, “Every one whose name shall be found written in the book.”

Traditionally, the phrase “Time of Trouble” has been applied to the end of this present age whereas the phrase “Tribulation,” has been a period of 1260 years relegated or assigned by some to the dark ages. Some believe the concept of dual application applies, which very well may be the case. But the final fulfillment is yet future and will be literal days, not years. Actually, I believe these two expressions, “Time of Trouble” and “Tribulation” are referring to the same end time period of 1260 literal days or three and half years.

Notice again that Dan. 12:1 states that this final TIME OF TROUBLE will be the worst trouble the world has ever seen. Now let us read what Matthew says about the Tribulation and notice that it is describing the same period. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matt. 24:21. Notice also that Matt. says in the very next verse that God is going to shorten this period of time so everyone (whole human race) will not be destroyed. “And except those days should be shortened (shortened to 3 ½ years), there should no flesh be + saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Zech. 13:8, 9 predict that two thirds of the earth’s population will die in the final days of this earth’s history but that one third will survive and be saved. In Dan. 12:7 Gabrielle told Daniel there would be three and a half years. Dan 12:11, 12 also speak of 1290 and 1335 which also will be literal days. Now, let’s go back to Rev. 12:12 and note that John says those dwelling in the heavens will be rejoicing and those still alive on planet earth are in for a “short time” of “Woe.” Why. “For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” How long is that “short time”? I believe it will be three and a half years or 1260 days which is very easily proved verses 13 and 14. Notice: “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (church) which brought forth the man child (Barley group or Elect or Little Company). And to the woman (Remnant Church) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness (seclusion & obscurity, GC 55) , into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent…and the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:13-17.

Let me emphasize here that we have two distinct groups in Rev. 12. The first one is introduced in verse 5 and is called the MAN CHILD. “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: (see Psalm 2:6-12 where this same man child is referred to as a ‘king’ and ‘son’) And her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5 This expression “caught up” is referring to the translation experience Paul predicts will happen at the time of the 7th trumpet in I Cor. 15:51-53. Rev 11:11-12 speaks of this same translation experience. “And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto the, Com up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; (like Elijah did) and their enemies beheld them.” It also says that the “Remnant” which will be one third of the human race, as we already read from Zech. 13:8, 9, “were affrighted (scared or frightened), and gave glory to God.” The next verse, Rev. 12:14 tells us that there is one more “woe” left. So, what is that? It is the same “woe” Rev. 12:12 predicts: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” So, this period of “woe” is going to last three and a half years as v. 14 proves because the woman is given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” How many people are we talking about here? How large is this “Remnant?” Well, let us say by the time this happens there are nine billion people on planet earth. One third of that would be three billion. That is a very sizable Remnant. So, two thirds, or six billion people are going to die but three billion will be “nourished” or kept alive for three and a half years. Can you see clearly now these three groups? The first is the Man Child or the Elect or the King and Son and the Christ or Christos of Rev. 11:15 and 12:10. This is the same as the Barley group, which is called “The Little Company” in Early Writings, pages 269-272. It is a very small group of people in comparison to the Remnant (one third of the human race) and last of all the two thirds lost. Can you imagine what this earth is going to be like during this three and one half years? It is going to be an absolute living hell, a Time of Trouble like none other the earth has ever experienced. Rev. 9:1-6 speaks of a period of five months during which the suffering and agony of men is going to be so great that they will seek to die but are not able to do so.

If anyone is thinking about this time that these prophecies have already been fulfilled let me point out that there is a dual application factor built into all of the prophecies. “Christ presented before them an outline of the prominent events to take place before the close of time. His words were not then fully understood; but their meaning was to be unfolded as the people should need the instruction therein given. The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning: While foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day.” Great Controversy pg 25. His disciples then did not fully comprehend what He was saying. If they had, they would have been overwhelmed with horror. So it is today. The majority, of even God’s professed people today, do not understand how terrible this Time of Trouble is going to be in the near future. When I was growing up in the Walla Walla area I often heard godly pastors and evangelists quote the following statement from the pulpit: “The ‘time of trouble, such as never was,’ is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain.’ (Indolent means lazy. Now notice the next sentence) “It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God.” “Great Controversy,” pg 622. Then Ezek. 14:20 is quoted that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in the land even they would not be able to help deliver anyone but themselves. The point is that the preparation for that time now and the survival of it in the future is an individual matter between each person and their Creator. It is also interesting that on pages 623 and 624 of this same volume the author refers to the intercessory work of Christ in the sanctuary and that while Jesus is still there making the atonement for us “we should seek to become perfect in Christ.” GC 623. Then follows the quotes regarding Satan’s final deceptions which will culminate in His actual personation of Christ Himself. So, we are looking at the very final events of this world history and what I believe will be the last three and half years of this age. It is this period of time that we are being warned will be worse even beyond our imagination. And it is this same period of time I wish to help you, the reader, to understand that God has already devised a plan to escape. Let me explain by quoting Jesus Himself. “Be on your guard–see to it that your minds are never clouded by dissipation or drunkenness or the worries of this life, or else that day may catch you like the springing of a trap (snare) –for it will come upon every inhabitant of the whole earth. You must be vigilant at all times, praying that you may be strong enough to come safely through all that is going to happen, and stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36. J. B. Phillips.

The apostle John in vision heard a loud voice in heaven exclaiming: “Woe to the inhabitors of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” Rev. 12:12. Fearful are the scenes which call forth this exclamation from the heavenly voice. The wrath of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and destruction will reach its culmination in the time of trouble. Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working demons. (A direct reference to UFOs) The spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them in deception, and urge them on to unite with Satan in his last struggle against the government of heaven. By these agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike deceived. Persons will arise pretending to be Christ Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world’s Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the testimony of the Scriptures.”

“As the crowing act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. the church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceive will make it appear that Christ has come. (This is where an understanding of the Two Lords will save us from being deceived). In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Rev. 1:13-15). The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: ‘Christ has come! Christ has come!’ The people prostate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the disease of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is the great power of God.” Acts 8:9-24. Great Controversy 623, 624.

From ancient times there have arisen men and women who had gifts and talents which they have used to tell the future, contact the dead and perform other feats of “magic,” so called. The world today is filled with these kind of people who truly think they have received their gifts from God. Just the other day I saw this woman on TV answering people’s questions about many things, such as business, investments, romance, marriage problems, health problems, and their contact with their dead friends and relatives. She is only one of many. There is this one man who does this kind of work exclusively. All he does is contact “the other side” and receives messages from the dead to pass on to the living. But what does the Word of God say: “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts., who dwells on Mount Zion. (Now notice this) When they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn (light in them, KJV).” Isa 8:18-20. Also: “For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.” Eccles. 9:5. We also know that many TV movies and films in the theaters follow this theme of life after death and promote the idea of communicating with the dead. So, because of these false and erroneous ideas of life after death, a spirit of deception has been spread over the minds of the people and the whole world is ripe for this final deception.

Notice again how Satan has been and will continue to be able to deceive the people. “Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions.” GC 588. What was that? These two false teachings are tied together…the false belief of what happens when a person dies and believing Sunday is a sacred day of worship. In the days of Elijah the Ten Tribes of Israel were in a deep apostasy led by Ahab and Jezebel. The worship of Baal was at the center of their worship. The word Baal itself means “lord, possessor, husband.” Baal was a Semitic god. The Canaanites believed that Baals dwelt in holy trees, springs, mountain summits, rocks, etc., and spoke of each of these local gods as the Baal, meaning “Lord,” of that particular locality. They were considered nature deities who took care of the vegetation and the increase of cattle and flocks. Baal also had control of the winter rains with storms and lightnings. This was Satan in disguise. That is why the NT calls him the “Prince of the power of the air.” Eph. 2:2. Elijah was called of God to expose Baal worship as the false, counterfeit religious worship that had taken the place of the worship of the true God, Jehovah. “Multitudes have a wrong concept of God and His attributes, and are as truly serving a false God as were the worshipers of Baal.” Prophets & Kings, p. 177.

The last chapter of the book, “Christ’s Object Lessons,” deals with the Coming of the Bridegroom, which is the coming of Jesus in our day to rescue us out of this dark world. There are Ten Virgins, which represent all the professed followers of Christ who are waiting for Him to return to take them to the Father’s house. But only five have the extra oil. What is the oil? It is symbolical of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Wise Virgins. The oil represents their characters which have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. The foolish virgins by contrast do not have transformed characters and therefore have no ability to discern between the false and the true, which means they will be deceived into thinking that Satan is Jesus when he comes to earth claiming to be the Messiah.

Let us define these two groups further, that is, the Wise and the Foolish Virgins. In the book “Early Writings,” we see two companies or groups of people in the end-time, which is today, the time segment in which we are living right now. These two groups of people are praying before the throne of God. “Before the throne I saw the Advent people–the church and the world. I saw two companies, one bowed down before the throne, deeply interested, while the other stood uninterested and careless. Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son and from the Son to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But few would receive this great light.” Early Writings, pg. 54, 55.

Now, beloved, what is this “Great Light?” Let us read Rev. 18. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with His glory.” Rev. 18:1. Notice two things here: 1. This angel has great power and 2. It has “glory” (meaning character) to enlighten the whole earth with this glory or the knowledge of the character of God. We know that the final message to go to the world is a revelation of His character of love, COL 414, 415. I just looked in the index of COL and found this reference to Rev. 18:1. Notice: “And in this last generation the parable of the mustard seed is to reach a signal and triumphant fulfillment. The little seed will become a tree. (Matt 13:31, 32) The last message of warning and mercy is to go to ‘every nation and kindred and tongue’ (Rev. 14:6-14), ‘to take out of them a people for His Name (character) (Acts 15:14; Rev. 18:1). And the earth shall be lightened with His glory (character).” “Christ’s Object Lessons,” Page 79. The word “tree” here is another designation for the Barley Group or the Elect, who will be the special group of people (Gideon Band or Little Company) whom the Lord will use to preach or prophesy for 1260 days, Rev. 11:3. Jesus also told one more parable before interpreting these parables to his disciples. It was the parable of the leaven which was hidden by a women in three measures (pecks) until it was leavened. To leaven means to “spread through, causing a gradual change.” I believe the woman represents the church and the three baskets or pecks of leaven symbolize the three phases of the coming harvest. They will follow in the exact order of the Jewish Harvest Cycle which is 1. Barley. 2. Wheat (144,000) and 3. The Grape Harvest or one third of the human race, Zech. 13:8, 9.

Now, what is the real importance of understanding these things? These concepts about the harvest? Because Jesus said that the “Harvest is the end of the world.” Matt. 13:39. The first part of the harvest has not started yet but we are getting closer to it each and every day. Paul calls this concept of this translation and resurrection a “mystery.” “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” I Cor. 15:51. The word for changed here is from a Greek word meaning to be translated which Paul uses in Heb. 11:5 referring to Enoch who he says “was translated (changed) that he should not see death.” Next, Paul compares the speed of this translation experience to a “moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,…” Vs 52. Now, the key phrase here is “last trump.” Where is this found? Rev. 8:6 tells us there are seven angels with seven trumpets and the last one is in Rev. 11:15. Let’s read it: “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ (Christos or anointed).” Now, who is this “anointed?” Is it Jesus? No. The Lord is Jesus so the “anointed” has to be someone else. The “Anointed” is the same as the Elect in Matt. 24:24, which we know is not just one single individual but a special group of chosen ones in the end times. Another name for this “Christos” is “Man Child,” whom Isa. 66: 8 refers to as a “a nation.” And notice that this Man Child is translated. “And she (woman or church) brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Read Psalm 2:9 and you will see the same expression “Rod of iron,” applied to the “king” and “son” of vs. 6-12. What is the “Last Trump?” It is very simple. The Last Trump is the 7th trumpet. Read all of Rev. 11, especially v. 15. What else happens at the 7th trumpet. “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ;” Notice that in vs. 12 these “Two Witnesses” are also translated the same as the Man Child of Rev. 12:5 and the Son in Psalm 2 who is set on Mt. Zion as the King. “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” This translation even takes place at the 7th or Last Trump.

The reason this event and these texts pointing to it are so important is because this will be the fulfillment of Christ’s promise in Luke 21:36, that those who “Watch and pray” are going to “Be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Now let’s notice the reason the majority will not escape via translation. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; AND THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE.” I Thess. 5:3. Paul also asks: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?” Heb. 2:3, 4. NKJV.

“See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven.” Heb. 12:25. May the Lord bless you as you pray and study on these matters is my prayer for you. Your friend always in our Blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
DANIEL 12 EXPLAINED – WHEN WILL MICHAEL STAND UP FOR HIS PEOPLE?

A biblical explanation of the prophecy of Daniel 12

For our opening texts let us go to the last chapter of the book of Daniel. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a Time of Trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Dan 12:1, 2.

The first thing we should note is that Jesus Himself believed in Daniel as a real, historical person and that Daniel actually wrote this book which bears his name. Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20. “The prophecy of Daniel pointed so unmistakably to the time of Messiah’s coming, and so directly foretold His death, that they discouraged its study, and finally the rabbis pronounced a curse on all who should attempt a computation of the time. In blindness and impenitence the people of Israel during succeeding centuries have stood, indifferent to the gracious offers of salvation, unmindful of the blessings of the gospel, a solemn and fearful warning of the danger of rejecting light from heaven.” Great Controversy, pg 378.

Talmud Sanhedrin 97b, Soncino ed., p. 659).

The angel Gabrielle is explaining to Daniel the time of the final events of this earth’s history. The question we want to answer is, “when will these events begin and how can we be among the survivors who will be delivered because their names are written in the book?” In order for this to happen we need supernatural wisdom and understanding. In situations like this the Lord has instructed us through His holy word to ask Him for help: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to everyone without reserve and without reproach, and it will be granted him.” James 1:5. Modern Language. But we must “seek” for the answers. This is what Daniel did.”When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it;” Dan 8:15. Suddenly, the angel Gabrielle appeared and stood before Daniel and a “man’s voice” told Gabrielle, “Make or cause this man to understand the vision.” Dan 8:16. Then in vs 19 Daniel is told “I am here to acquaint you with the final events of the indignation time; for the end comes at the appointed time.” Notice that it says, “A man’s voice.” Why would Daniel make a distinction about gender here? Unless Daniel had heard a woman’s voice in the past.

So, now we know that this is a prophecy for us today which has not yet been fulfilled but is soon to come to pass. So, who is Michael? This name appears 15 times in the Bible, 13 times in the OT and two times in the NT. Gabrielle referred to Him as “Your prince,” Dan 12:1. Dan 10:21 states that only Michael is equal to Gabrielle. In Hebrew Michael means, “God like” or “Who is what God is,” which would indicate that He is not an ordinary angel. Furthermore, “Prince” signifies that his father is the King. There are only three angels named in the Bible. Michael, Gabrielle and Lucifer, the fallen angel who is now our adversary or Satan. Jude 9 reveals the following: 1. Michael is an archangel. 2. He contended with the devil over the body of Moses. 3. He does not slander or call people names, even the devil. He has the character of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, because Michael is Christ. I have written an in-depth article on this topic which I can send to you if you ask for it when you write this time. But for now let me just say that Jesus has many titles and names and Michael is one of them. For example, Isaiah 9:6 says: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty god, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” He is also called Saviour, Redeemer, the Son of God, the Son of Man, Master, Teacher, Rabbi, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Elder Brother, the Word, the Alpha & the Omega, Faithful and True and on and on. We could even go into the Hebrew and Greek with Joshua and Yashua but that is enough for now.

Only one equal with the Father could raise the dead and Michael (Jesus) did raise Moses from the dead shortly after he died for his grave was never found. Furthermore, he appeared on the Mount with Elijah at the time of Christ’s transfiguration, Matt 17:1-3. “These men, chosen above every angel around the throne, had come to commune with Jesus concerning the scenes of His suffering, and to comfort Him with the assurance of the sympathy of heaven. The hope of the world, the salvation of every human being, was the burden of their interview.” Furthermore, I Thess 4:15, 16 says that the Lord Himself, Jesus, will “shout with the voice of the archangel (Michael) when He comes again in the clouds of Glory. John 5:25, 26.

Moses was the first human ever to be chosen with the high honor of being raised from the dead. “For the first time Christ was about to give life to the dead. As the Prince of life and the shining ones approached the grave, Satan was alarmed for his supremacy. With his evil angels he stood to dispute an invasion of the territory that he claimed as his own. He boasted that the servant of God had become his prisoner. He declared that even Moses was not able to keep the law of God;…Christ did not stoop to enter into controversy with Satan. He might have brought against him the cruel work which his deceptions had wrought in heaven, causing the ruin of a vast number of its inhabitants (one third of the angels fell with Lucifer). He might have pointed to the falsehoods told in Eden, that had led to Adam’s sin and brought death upon the human race. He might have reminded Satan that it was his own work in tempting Israel to murmuring and rebelling, which had wearied the long-suffering patience of their leader, and in an unguarded moment had surprised him into the sin of which he had fallen under the power of death. But Christ referred all to His Father, saying, ‘The Lord rebuke thee,’ Jude 9. The Saviour entered into no dispute with His adversary, but He then and there began His work of breaking the power of the fallen foe, and bringing the dead to life. Here was an evidence that Satan could not controvert, of the supremacy of the son of God. The resurrection was forever made certain. Satan was despoiled of his prey; the righteous dead would live again.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 478, 479.

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#25- Re: The Restoration of the Defiled Temple. Recently a doctor friend called and talked to me about the “daily” of Dan 8:13, 14. He said he had learned that the word “sacrifice” was a supplied word. As a result of his call I began reading those two verses and praying for understanding. Slowly, the Lord has answered my prayer. My understanding of it now is that Christ is the first saint and the second saint must be Gabrielle. The question that came to my mind was: “Why would the second saint be asking ‘How long?'” Then, it occurred to me that Gabrielle and Michael are on a need to know basis and only knew what the Father revealed to them. The reason I say this is because before Jesus returned to heaven He told His disciples, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” Acts 1:7. NKJV. “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Matt 24:36. The word cleansed can also be translated “Justified” or “Vindicated’ “Restored,” or “set Right.” Then I thought about the basic or real meaning of the sanctuary. Jesus and the Father are our sanctuary or temple, our safe dwelling place. “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1. In Judges 13:18 the angel said his name was “Secret” or “Wonderful.” Christ is the wonderful numberer of Daniel and Revelation.

So, if it is the “Temple” which is to be restored and vindicated, and God is our temple and we are His temple and abiding place, as Jesus prayed in John 17 “You in us and we in you” then the restoration or cleansing of the Temple is simply the vindication of God’s name and character, which has to do with answering all the charges Satan has made against God’s name, character and government, i.e. all the lies he has told which has caused the sanctuary or temple to be defiled, dirty and in need of cleansing.

Let’s go back now to Gabrielle’s statement to Daniel, “For the end comes at the appointed time.” Dan 8:19. Dan 12:1 tells us that at a certain point in time Michael, who is Jesus Christ, is going to STAND UP. The Hebrew word used here is ‘amad. It is the same word used later in this same verse which describes Michael as standing up for His people. Actually, “The children (descendants) of thy people.” The obvious meaning is that our Lord is getting ready to deliver His people. When a king stands up after he has been sitting on his throne it means that he has made a decision to take action…to go to war even, if necessary.

In Matt 24:15 Jesus admonished His disciples then and now to read the book of Daniel. “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:).” Obviously our Lord wanted His disciples and us today to read the book of Daniel so that we would understand what this abomination of desolation really is. The disciples no doubt believed that when Rome surrounded Jerusalem that this was the sign to get out which all the true believers did. And they no doubt believed that this was the fulfillment of Christ’s prediction. “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Lk 21:20.

But here we are today and the world is still going. Jesus has not yet returned and we are still trying to understand the final meaning and application of this “Abomination that makes desolate.” None of the commentaries I have consulted have given an explanation, just theories and speculations from various writers in the past. There is only one writer I recently read who makes any sense on this topic and I will share what she has written. “THE DAILY IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER.” By Marian Berry. There are 151 pages in this book of 14 chapters. I am going to summarize the essence of what she has written as I believe she is the only writer who has the truth on the “daily.” She also believes that “God Does Not Kill,” and has included that concept in some of her earlier writings. She and her husband invited me to speak in their little church in Iowa back in 1979 on the character of God. And I also published one of her books later in the 80’s.

Now to the subject of the “Daily.” First of all, she explains that the reason why there has been so much confusion regarding the word “Daily” in the book of Daniel is because the translators added the word “sacrifice” to the word “daily” making it read “Daily Sacrifice.” They were thinking that Daniel was referring to the “daily sacrifice of Christ in the holy place. That is, they thought that the “taking away” of the “Daily” referred to the Papacy taking away or removing the truth about Jesus’ daily ministry in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. But that is not what the angel was referring to at all: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Dan 12:11. Notice first of all that the word “sacrifice” is in italics, which means that it was not in the original Hebrew text. It was supplied by the translators. On page 43 the author quotes from EGW. “Then I saw in relation to the “daily” (Dan 8:12) that …the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union (harmony or accord) existed before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the “daily”; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion have followed. “Early Writings,” pgs 74, 75. Also S. N. Haskell held the correct view of the daily in his book, “The story of Daniel the Prophet.” P 128. “Paganism-the ‘daily’ of Dan 8:12-was taken away, it is true, and Rome became nominally a Christian empire. Her emperor professed the name of Christ, and carried before his army the banner of the cross. To John this transfer from paganism to the papacy is represented as a transfer of power from the dragon to the beast. Rev. 13:7.”

M. Berry states on page 45 of her book on the Daily “The ‘daily’ and the 2300 day-year Time line are not the Same thing….although related in Daniel, chapter 8, (they) are two completely different things (subjects). The ‘daily taken away,’ described political events down here on earth which could be observed by God’s people, enabling them to identify the ‘little horn’ as it rose to power in AD 538. But the 2300 day-year time line which ended in A.D. 1844, pointed to Christ’s expanded ministry in the investigative Judgment in heaven which would ultimately bring the ‘little horn’ to its end. God’s people need to understand both the rise to power of the ‘little horn’ in A.D. 538 and that heavenly process which will bring it to its end.” Pg 45. She further explains that there is a vertical as well as a horizontal aspect in the book of Daniel. The horizontal refers to the political events Daniel predicted would happen in this earth. The vertical aspect is that which occurs in heaven through Jesus’ ministry for us in the Most Holy place of the sanctuary. Not everyone would agree that the 2300 days was fulfilled in 1844. That is the day for a year theory. For myself I believe there could very well be a dual application which means the 2300 day prophecy does have a literal modern day fulfillment which is yet to be understood as the scroll continues to be unrolled.

On page 53 Marian states that it is the word “sacrifice” which led theologians to assume that the word daily must have something to do with Christ’s ministry in the heavens. Although this truly is a sacred and spiritual theme it is not correct and only leads to confusion re: the real truth about what the angel told Daniel would happen in our day to bring on the Abomination of Desolation. Christ’s ministry is not what is going to be taken away. It can never be taken away. It can only be ignored and obscured but Jesus’ ministry in the Most Holy place will continue to function until humanity sins away its day of grace by refusing to confess their sins, as we read in Rev 16 during the seven last plagues when they blaspheme God’s name by assigning blame to Him for bringing the plagues. On page 56 Marian explains that the word “daily” should be connected to the words “taken away” not to the word “sacrifice.” She then gives three textual examples of how the word “daily” should be read without adding the word “sacrifice” which was not in Daniel’s original text. “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily…was taken away.” Dan 8:11. Same with Dan 11:31 and Dan 12:11. Each time the phrase “taken away” or “take away” is used in reference to the daily. So, what is the daily Daniel is talking about which is going to be taken away?

Quoting Dan 8:11 Marian once again shows that the “daily” is referring to the “power, seat, and great authority,” which Papal Rome usurped and/or took away from Pagan or Imperial Rome. This happened over a period of time, from the time of Christ until 538 AD and lasted until 1798. She believes this understanding or view is the true definition of the word “daily” which decodes Dan 12. For example, she says that the 1290 days of Dan 12:11 are literal days at the end of which the “daily” or power to rule or dominion will be taken away from the free world or nations of the world through the UN which is controlled by the Papacy, who in turn is controlled by Satan himself. But the 2300 days of Dan 8:14 she believes is “days of years.” In my opinion more study needs to be done on this point. On pages 65 and 66 the author states that Satan’s secret is that he is going to reign through the Papacy in the city of Jerusalem. She says that John Paul II declared old Jerusalem to be a holy city and place of worship for all the peoples of the world. I did not find Rev 11:8 as a proof text for this idea but I believe it fits. “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Rev 11:8. Cf Lamentations 4:6. In Strong’s concordance of the KJV Bible the Hebrew word Tamiyd 8548 means “continuum.” In Daniel Tamiyd is a noun but in Leviticus and numbers it is used as an adjective and/or adverb. In Lev and Numbers the author states that Tamiyd functioned as an adjective describing the continual or daily sacrifices or as an adverb describing the rituals or actions performing those sacrifices on a daily basis. Thus the rise and fall of empires is logically explained by Tamiyd which means the daily or continuum of power and authority was passed from one empire to another throughout history. Satan stole this power and dominion from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden through deceit and trickery. But it was allowed for the purpose of a demonstration and lesson which the Father is using to complete, perfect and finish His creation. The universe and all the angels, fallen and unfallen, as well as ourselves, generation after generation are learning the truth about Dominion. It originates from the throne of God. Daniel explained this to King Nebuchadnzezzar when he told him that the God of heaven sets up kings and puts them down. Dan 2. Nothing happens without His approval. Psalm 45:6 says, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter (right to rule or dominion) of thy kingdom is a right scepter.” Psalm 45:6.

The crown worn by a king is also a symbol of power and authority. When He sits in his throne this is his seat of power. Just think of Jesus’ awesome promise when He tells us that He is seated with His Father in His throne and invites us to join Him there, Rev 3:20, 21. It almost sounds too good to be true. Yet those are His exact words. All of the saints who over come are pictured as wearing crowns which mean they have received the right to rule and have dominion with Jesus. Notice this prophecy: “In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out (of Eden and the seat of power), and her that I have afflicted. (God takes the blame because He allowed it) “And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation (Cf Isa 66:7) And the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” Micah 4:6-8.

The “dominion” or right to rule and have authority was given to Adam and Eve in the beginning. Gen 1:26; Dan 7:27, 28. “And the kingdom (right or power to rule) and dominion…shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High.” John saw this in vision under the 7th trumpet. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever…” This is the Elect or the Barley group who are chosen to receive the kingdom, as Jesus has already received it from His Father and is now waiting for His Elect to come and sit with Him in His throne. Rev 3:21. They will be the ones to go with Jesus for 40 days and select the 144,000 (Malachi 3:16-18) just as Christ went for 40 days on earth after His resurrection and selected the 120. The 120 are a type of the Wheat Harvest which follows the Barley and then the grape harvest will be the last part of the harvest.

Another term which is synonymous with power and dominion is “sovereignty.” This will apply to Dan 11:45; 12:11. Satan has always ruled through earthly governments and this will not change although the seat of power or location will change when the Vatican moves its seat of power over to Jerusalem. In Dan 12:11 we read that the “daily” shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days.” In Dan 8:11 we read that this beast power is going to “magnify himself even to the prince of the host, (setting up a counterfeit priesthood and taking the prerogatives of Jesus Christ) and by him, the daily (power to rule) was taken away, and the place of his [Caesar’s sanctuary [palace in the city of Rome] was cast down.” Dan 8:11.

The author continues on explaining that the “beast” power of Rev 13 cannot reign over “all the world” in these last days, as it did in the past, until all the nations have laid aside their sovereignty, and come under a one-world government. And that government will have as its leader a Pope or Papal head. He will need to be both a religious figure as well as a political leader in order to enforce his dogma just as the popes in the past did from 538 to 1798 AD. In order to accomplish this the New World Order will need to gain complete control.

How will this be done? This leader will need to establish his “Mark of Authority” which will be a world wide Sunday law which would establish the Pope’s ultimate authority in both realms of religion and politics. In Rev 13:17 we read that this final beast power will have the political power to control buying and selling through a marking system. This means that this religio-political end time power will obtain or gain control of all the silver and gold in the world. The old saying, “He that has the gold makes the rules,” will truly apply at that time. “The enforcement of Sunday keeping on the part of Protestant churches is an enforcement of the worship of the papacy–of the beast. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false instead of the true Sabbath are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. But in the very act of enforcing a religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to the beast; hence the enforcement of Sunday keeping in the United States would be an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image.” Great Controversy, page 449.

Now, although Sunday is symbolically the Mark of the Beast there will also be a literal marking system the NWO or One World Order will use to enforce compliance or obedience to this Sunday-Sabbath law. I have been explaining this in my paper since the mid-70’s but I don’t know of one other theological investigator of last day events who sees this dual fulfillment of Rev 13 although I know many laymen agree with me. At this time, June 2007, the people of the USA have not requested the senators and congressmen of the USA to consider passing a National Sunday Law. The only people who even believe there ever will be a National Sunday Law are SDAs. The rest of the religious world don’t even know about it except for a few Sunday theologians who have been pushing the idea behind the scenes. No books have been written about it nor is there any talk in the media about it. So, how close are we to it? Well, many professed believers in the 4th commandment do not even believe there ever will even be such a thing as a National Sunday Law. But one event which has paved the way for the coming Sunday law took place on Sept 12, 2002 when George W. Bush told the UN the USA would abide by the decision of the UN. This is the first time any nation had laid aside its “daily” or sovereignty (power to rule itself and/or the world) and given it over to the United Nations. Up to this time the USA was the acknowledged leader of the free world. By this submission of its right or power to rule the USA led the way in submission to the New World Order.

Most of the nations of the world do not want their military forces placed under the sovereignty and at the disposal of the UN. Many also fear a revived Roman Catholic court of the Inquisition. Yet, they do not realize that the Vatican is already calling the shots behind the scenes, simply using the UN as a facade for their own ambition to rule the world. And of course, Satan is the chief architect of the whole scheme using terrorist forces scattered throughout the earth to seek protection from the UN. That is like asking the fox to guard the hen house. But this is only the fulfillment of the first part of the prophecy which is the taking away of the daily or power to rule. By giving up its sovereign right to rule itself, the USA and other nations are now under the authority of the UN who is the new world leader. This ongoing battle between the USA and UN has been in the news for years, especially the part about the USA not submitting to pay the major portion of the costs involved in running the whole show. Now the way has been prepared for the second part of setting up the “Abomination that maketh desolate,” which will be the placing the Pope as head of the One World Government. So, this shows us how far the prophetic scroll has already been unrolled. What events must yet happen to completely fulfill the prophecy of Dan 12 and Rev 13 and 14? First of all, the Pope must move his seat or chair to Jerusalem. What may trigger the decision to make that move is the destruction of the Vatican itself which has been predicted by at least four prophetic voices. After this happens the next event would be the appearance of Satan as Christ only he will be the anti-christ. In my revised book, “Into the Father’s Heart” I wrote the following words in the additional notes.

#24- Satan’s final effort to deceive and completely destroy the human race is soon to be manifested in a most dramatic fashion in this last age or eon before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that the false always comes just before the true. In recent years new age type books have been published regarding the origin of the human race. The authors have attempted to prove that beings (gods, if you please) from outer space, other planets, far advanced in science and technology, have visited planet earth and started the human race with two beings whose progeny (offspring or children) now populate this planet. The Christian Bible in Genesis 1-3 calls these first two beings Adam and Eve. Although these New Age versions of earth’s beginnings vary the one theme they do agree on is that planet earth was not created by God/Elohim/Jehovah/Yahweh or any other of the other various titles/names assigned to the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. They teach that mankind has evolved from this original species and that these gods from outer space, the creators, have visited this planet throughout history to check up on their creation to see how they are doing. These visitations have become more frequent since 1945 which was the advent of the atomic/nuclear age. These gods claim to be coming back to earth now to save mankind from destroying himself. One inspired writer exposed this end-time deception with these words: “Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working demons. The spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them in deception, and urge them on to united with Satan in his last struggle against the government of heaven. By these agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike deceived. Persons will arise pretending to be Christ Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world’s Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the testimony of the Scriptures.

“As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: ‘Christ has come! Christ has come!’ The people prostate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is ‘the great power of God.'” Acts 8:10. But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false Christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God’s unmingled wrath shall be poured out.” “The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan.” Pages 624, 625. Most UFO researchers date the beginning of these outer space manifestations in the year 1947 when a pilot reported seeing saucer like aircraft in the Pacific Northwest in the vicinity of the state of Idaho. He referred to them as “Flying Saucers” and the name stuck. Scientists have referred to them simply as Unidentified Flying Objects. The military has denied their existence from day one. Several books by Christian and non Christian writers alike have clearly shown that there is a definite link between these so-called space beings and the occult due to the fact that their communications are the same, such as automatic writing, use of the Ouija board, channeling messages through human beings while in a trance like state and so forth. Because of the tremendous amount of publicity via literature and Hollywood movies, sightings and abductions, there has been a paradigm shift in public opinion from outright skepticism and unbelief to curiosity and a desire to know more about this modern day phenomenon. When the world comes to its final crisis Satan will be ready to manifest himself as the Christ who has come to save the world. That time is not far distant, but at hand.

Looking down the corridors of time Jesus warned us: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36. What is this “snare” our Lord is warning us about? It is not having the spiritual insight and maturity to see that the “Abomination that makes or leads to desolation” is being set up little by little each day without even being reported by the media or explained in any of the churches. But Paul’s warning is clear. He predicts that the “day of the Lord” will come as a thief in the night meaning that it will come when you are not expecting it and without any preparation. I know a man who had all of his tools stolen out of his van which was parked out on the street in front of a relative’s house where he was living temporarily. He had no idea a thief would take his tools. He had no alarm system in his van. So, what did he do? He went and spent $3,000 to replace all of his stolen tools. The thieves figured that he would do that so they hit him again and stole the second set of tools. He was so angry but there was nothing he could about it but move away and start over. Even the local police would not do an investigation. In I Thess. 5:1-9 Paul talks about God’s people who know the “times and season” and that the “day of the Lord” will come as a thief in the night when they think they are safe and all seems peaceful. And then what happens? “Then sudden destruction (will) come upon them” like the birth pangs of a woman going into labor. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” vs 6. How many professed believers are you acquainted with who have known the Third Angels’ Message all their lives but are caught up in the rush and hurry of making a living and are not praying and studying God’s word so they will be prepared? Make sure you are not in this category. “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now, let us back up to 2 Thess 2 where Paul talks about not letting anyone deceive you re: the return of Christ “For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called god, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thess 2:2-4. The Spirit surely moved upon the apostle Paul to write those prophetic words because that is exactly what the Papacy has been doing over there in Rome for centuries. In Dan 8:1-8 Daniel had a vision of future events re: what is going on over there in Iraq right now today. In vs 4-8 he saw a ram with two horns that was “pushing” or expanding its borders in all directions except to the east. V 4. No one was able to stand up to it or contain it. This ram represents Media and Persia which today is Iraq and Iran. A ram is a male sheep which is not only a clean animal but a sacrificial beast and thus is symbolical of a religious force or movement. In Dan 8:17-21 Daniel is told by Gabrielle that what he saw in vision represent nations and events which will exist and happen “at the time of the end…in the last end of the indignation.” In Dan 8:5 the prophet saw another animal who was stronger than the ram and “ran into him in the fury of his power.” Notice the word “fury” and “power.” The nation represented by this he-goat from the west not only is angry but powerful. In vs 7 Daniel says “I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he (the he goat) cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out his hand.” Let us stop here for a moment to catch our breath and reflect (think and analyze) upon what we have just read. Six years ago a friend of mine wrote a small booklet entitled, “The Late Great USA.” He also wrote a short article summarizing his interpretation of Dan 8 which I wish to share with you in a moment. But first let me just say that since 9-11-2001 which was used by Bush Jr to launch a preemptive attack on the small nation of Iraq the prophetic scroll has been unrolled a little bit more. For example, we see that since the ram has two horns that represent Iraq and Iran that these two horns are not going to be broken at the same time even though vs 7 states that the he goat “smote the ram, and brake his two horns.” In the Hebrew time is not the main factor or consideration in prophecy, per se, but the event. So, Daniel saw the two horns of the ram being broken but spoke of it as a one time event and not two events spread over a period of 8 or 10 years, because we are still in Iraq stamping them into the ground as the text predicted. “But he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him.” Vs 7. And remember that in vs 5 it says that the he goat came from the west and did not touch the ground, which to my mind was the first part of the attack on Iraq, which was an air attack via off shore ships and then airplanes. What I wish to point out most of all is what is going to happen to the USA and England, the nations from the West, after they invade and destroy Iran the same as they are now doing to Iraq. This is still future from today, May 24, 2007. Notice that vs 8 is a prophecy about the he goat with the notable horn which sounds to me like Daniel saw a unicorn which has been used to symbolize the USA in the past. So, after Iraq and Iran are destroyed notice what happens to the USA. “Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.” This is a prediction of some kind of fall and/or disaster, probably an economic crash like the 1929 stock market crash. Now, notice that after the he goat (USA) crashes the “little horn” waxes exceeding great in all directions, especially toward Israel and Jerusalem which is the goal of the papacy, to rebuild the temple so the pope can sit and reign over the world from there.

Now, let me share with you some additional comments from my own pen and then also from the pen of Larry Pahl on Dan 8. In Rev. 13:2 John was shown that the “Dragon gave him (i.e. composite beast or kingdom) his power and his throne and great authority.” All historians agree that the next power to come on the scene after the break up of the Roman Empire was Papal Rome. “Out of the ruins of political Rome, arose the great moral Empire in the ‘giant form’ of the Roman Church.” “The Rise of the Mediaeval Church [1900], p. 150. A. C. Flick. This power became known as the “Roman Catholic Church,” which still exists today. Historians mark the beginning of this reign from about 538 AD to 1798 AD. This was a time of great persecution for the true followers of Christ because Satan was the one back of it, guiding and controlling it, limited only by the power of the Creator who controls and guides all things. “Above the distractions of the earth He sits enthroned; all things are open to His divine survey; and from His great and calm eternity He orders that which His Providence sees best.” MH 417.

“Behind this activity was Satan, seeking to exterminate the church. When he found that his efforts to annihilate the followers of Christ through persecution proved unavailing, he altered his tactics and sought to lure the church away from Christ through the establishment of a vast counterfeit religious system. Instead of working directly through paganism the dragon now worked behind the facade of a professedly Christian organization, hoping thereby to disguise his identity.” 7 BC 817. In Rev. 17:3 John was carried in vision into the “wilderness” where he was shown this evil, apostate, counterfeit religious system. The wilderness is a symbol of two things the Catholic church has perfected. 1. obscurity and 2. seclusion. So, never expect to find the RCC doing her thing out in the open because that is not her modus operandi.

The Popes ascended the throne of the Caesars. The capital of the papal system was the same as that occupied by the Roman Empire at its height. “The accession of the Roman Church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness deepened. Faith was transferred from Christ, the true foundation, to the pope of Rome. Instead of trusting in the Son of God for forgiveness of sins and for eternal salvation, the people looked to the pope, and to the priests and prelates to whom he delegated authority. They were taught that the pope was their earthly mediator and that none could approach God except through him; and, further, that he stood in the place of God to them and was therefore to be implicitly obeyed. A deviation from his requirements was sufficient cause for the severest punishment to be visited upon the bodies and souls of the offenders. Thus the minds of the people were turned away from God to fallible, erring, and cruel men, nay, more, to the prince of darkness himself, who exercised his power through them. Sin was disguised in a garb of sanctity. When the Scriptures are suppressed, and man comes to regard himself as supreme, we need look only for fraud, deception, and debasing iniquity. With the elevation of human laws and traditions was manifest the corruption that ever results from setting aside the law of God. Those were days of peril for the church of Christ. The faithful standard-bearers were few indeed.” Great Controversy, Page 55.

THE PROPHECY OF DAN 8 By Larry Pahl

A short commentary on important portions of Daniel 8 will show that the fate of america is therein revealed. This is an area of Bible prophecy ripe with important meaning but which has been overlooked almost completely by prophecy scholars.

It is helpful in interpreting the vision of Daniel 8 to start with the clues from the interpreting angel who comes to Daniel. The vision involves a ram with two horns being attacked by a goat from the west who has one notable horn.

These animals and their horns represent nations.

What nations?

Another question we want the interpreting angel to answer is “When does this vision apply?” The angel does not disappoint us in providing these two items of information.

As to the question of the time of the vision, the angel says three different times, that the vision is for the time of the end:

  1. v. 17: Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
  2. v.19a: I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation:
  3. v.19b: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

The angel is being very clear that this vision is for the end of time. This is an angel from Heaven speaking, not an evangelical expositor. It is important to take note of this because all the evangelical expositors say that this vision deals with Alexander the Great. Look at the major commentaries, consult the famous radio and TV preachers, check the seminaries. The verdict is well nigh unanimous. Because our forefathers for centuries incorrectly interpreted this vision to be Alexander’s defeat of the Persian armies should we listen to them in place of the angel from Heaven? To say the obvious, Alexander the Great is not living at the time of the end! For those few “noble Bereans” of today (“The Bereans were eager to hear what Paul and Silas said and studied the Scriptures every day to find out if these things were true.” Acts 17:11). It should come as an exciting revelation that this vision will be fulfilled at the end of time, the very time in which we live.

As to the second area where we would look to the interpreting angel for help, that of the nations represented by these beasts and horns, the angel gives a very plain declaration in verses 20 and 21. They are Media, Persia, and Greece. The names are symbolic:

20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Note in verse 21 that the goat is said to be a king, and then the “great horn” is also said to be a “king.” What might appear to be an unnecessary redundancy in the vision, of having both goat and horn represent a “king” is cleared up upon examining the original tongue. “King” is from Strong’s 4428 (melek) which is from 4427 (malak) which carries with it the idea of a “reign” or “kingdom.” It is translated “reign” in most of its 300+ usages. Thus the goat, the larger entity (compared to a horn) appears to represent a “reign”, a territory of potentially vast proportions, whereas the horn would seem to represent one individual king within that larger “reign” or kingdom. Sort of like a state governor as a “king” within the larger “reign” of the United States.

If we are going to be loyal to the interpreting angel, we must find modern meanings for the “kings of Media and Persia.” (because, remember, the angel told us this vision is for the end.) This is not hard. Modern Iran is Persia. The modern ethnic Kurds claim to be descendants of the ancient Medes, and thus it would be fair to say that current “Media” is the approximate area of Iraq and Syria. The single goat would indicate the larger “reign” of these two powers; since God has used sacrificial animals in this vision–a ram and goat–(unlike chapter 7 where unclean beasts were used to represent Gentile nations), it could be concluded that “reign” is the influence of Islam. The ram thus represents the fundamentalist power of Islam in a life-or-death struggle with the goat, representing Greece. What power in the modern world is represented by the interpreting angel’s mention of “Greece?” The apostle Paul uses the expression “Greece” several places in the New Testament to refer to the civilized world. For example:

1 Cor 1:22-23 “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”

The Greek word hellen, here translated “Greeks” is also translated as “Gentiles” and basically means a person who speaks Greek, not necessarily someone from the literal country of Greece. Greek was the language of the learned, it carried the culture which began with the famous ancient Greek poets, playwrights and philosophers, that ultimately became the basis for what today we call “Western civilization.” Notice that this goat comes from the “west.” (v. 5) Thus we have pictured here, in cartoon, or vision form, the struggle between Islam and Western civilization’s Christianity. The angel tells us that the prominent horn on this goat is “the first king.” (v. 21)

Here the word translated “first” means “foremost”, not necessarily first in terms of order. Who is the foremost, the “first”, nation of modern Western civilization? It is certainly the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world. Thus we have pictured here in Daniel 8 a vision of the clash of civilizations East and West, Islamic and Christian. We have certainly seen this in the recent Gulf War and the terrorist activities of certain fundamentalist sects in Syria and Iran, the leading exporters of international terrorism.

The prophecy calls for two major ram powers, the “higher” to arise after the other. If we view the rise of Sadam Hussein as the first horn, we might expect Iran to soon rise as a major antagonist to the West and the US, in a tangible way similar to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Iran is listed by the US Department of State as the leading promoter of terrorism against the West in the recent past. The interpreting angel mentions Media as the first of the two horns, and then the king of Persia. The order would thus be Iraq (Saddam Hussein) and then Iran (Persia). As to Iran’s being “higher”, the idea of the Hebrew word is not height but “pride” and “conceit.” Picture a coming Iranian leader more prideful than Saddam!

Our topic in this article is the fate of the US. What does the prophecy say will be the response of the US to the rise of this second “horn”? You don’t need prophecy to tell you that Americans would be fighting mad! Verse 7 says:

“And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.”

Here is pictured a Desert Storm-like annihilation of these Islamic forces. The two horns are utterly broken with no one to help. With the demise of the Soviet Union we need not fear retaliation if we should bomb several of these Islamic countries into submission. It is interesting to note that Daniel is standing right near the border of Iraq and Kuwait when he receives this vision!

What happens next? The US becomes very proud. “Therefore the he goat waxed very great.” (v. 8) We will be so proud of our Super Bowl sting of these Islamic dogs. Picture George Bush’ victory dances around the country after Desert Storm. Beware when you see the US in its next victory dance of this type, when the second horn is crushed. Verse 8 succinctly says:

“…and when he was strong, the great horn was broken.”

Here is the plain biblical revelation of the fate of the U.S. The symbolism of the “great horn”–the U.S.–being “broken” is a graphic picture of the economic collapse of the U.S. Larry Burkett’s 1994 update of The Coming Economic Earthquake makes obvious this reality even if one still refuses to see the handwriting on the wall here in Daniel 8. It is like God’s “little bird” early warning that the President and Congress of the U.S. are playing political football over shutting down the government and reducing the deficit. The nation’s economy hangs, not on the bullish rope as we are being told, but on a delicate thread, like the thread which held the ancient mythical Greek’s story of the sword of Damocles.

Flee from the wrath to come!

Notice in vs 11 that it says “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily (sacrifice is not in the original) was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” When the Pope of Rome magnified and exalted himself to be like God this effectively diminished and cast down or destroyed Jesus’ high priestly work in the sanctuary above. Jesus is not up in heaven making any “daily sacrifices” like the Jewish priests in the OT did. No. He died once for all. And He daily ministers in the most holy place to those who call upon His holy name although very few even know about His sacred work. By blinding the people to the ministry of Christ in the sanctuary above the devil is able to carry out his last day deception with little or not opposition. In Dan 8:11 the Hebrew word is RUWM that has to do with “exaltation of self.” Strong’s 7311 also says that RUWM means “exalt, extol, promote, proud, set up.”

“And shall take away the daily…and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate. Dan 11:31. “And from the time that the daily…shall be taken away there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Dan 12:11.

So what is this “daily” that Satan wants to take away from the nations by setting up the Pope as the ultimate head of both church and state in Jerusalem? The last pope, John Paul II was hoping to become the pope who would be the one to rule the world. Malachi Martin wrote in “Keys of this Blood,” “John Paul II’s waiting and watching time will then be over. His ministry as the Servant of the Grand Design will then begin…John Paul is and will be the sole possessor of the Keys of this Blood on that day.” Page 639. Well, John Paul II is dead and so is Malachi Martin. So, it will have to be another pope who will finally sit in Jerusalem.

I have not heard that the present pope has a plan to move over there for that purpose. He even stated that he did not think he would be around for long. No, according to the prophecies of St Malachi it will be the final pope, Peter the Roman, who will have to move to Jerusalem after the Vatican is destroyed. In a nut shell and in a few words let me try and explain what this word “Daily” actually means in English. Daily means the continuum or “power to rule.” It also means to wear a crown and rule as a king which means the king has dominion. That is what Satan wants for himself in this world. He wants the human race to acknowledge him as the king of the world and to bow down and worship him. And this is what the prophecy or Rev 13 says is going to happen. “And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? Rev 13:4. Verse 8 goes on to say that “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

The daily continuuum or power to rule originates from God’s throne. “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.” Ps 45:6. The Lord delegated to Adam this continuum or power to rule or dominion when Adam and Eve were created. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Gen 1:26. See also vs 28. But Adam lost it through Satan’s deceptive trickery but Jesus came and won it back for us. Now, at the end of the world Satan is trying once again to trick the nations into giving over to him, via the Pope sitting in Jerusalem, this “daily” or “power to rule.” In order to do this all the nations of the earth, represented by the number 10, will give over to Satan, via the pope in Rome, the right to rule their individual nations. That will mean no nation on earth will be any longer have their own rules and regulations. All the laws will come out of Jerusalem for every nation on earth. No nation will be allowed to print their own currency or money because all cash and checks will be done away with because out of the One World Bank in Jerusalem will be electronic banking and everyone will buy and sell with a number, as we read in Rev 13 and 14. This number will no doubt be a laser chip of some kind imbedded under the skin of the right hand or forehead. Satan will appear throughout the earth claiming to be Jesus and th whole world will bow down to him and worship him and give their full allegiance to him. This will last for 3 ½ years and then suddenly Satan will stand up and claim to be the one and only God and will make a death decree on all who will not keep Sunday. This is how it appears at this time that the final events will play out or come to pass. And that is the purpose of the Elect the Lord is calling in this last hour of earth’s history. They will be the Father’s chosen agency to regain the lost dominion as the prophet predicted: “And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion (this earth which was lost in Eden); the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” Micah 4:8. Remember that the name Jerusalem means Je-feminine mother- Ru-Spirit-Salem-Peace. The Mother Spirit of Peace who is the Holy Spirit. Through this original Mother, El Shaddai and Father Yahweh, this earth was created through the Son and Daughter, Michael and Gabrielle. So, the daughter of Jerusalem is speaking about the daughter of the original Most High Mother God, El Shaddai, who is the Mother and Creator of all things via her daughter. That is why this expression “Daughter of Jerusalem” is so important. And notice who is the “strong hold or fortress of the Mother and Daughter? It is the “Tower of the Flock.” “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32. The Greek word “pleasure” means “to think well of and approve.” The “Little Flock” will be those who hear the “well done” spoken to them.

In Dan 4:17 the prophet told King Nebuchadnezzar the Watchers who were watching him had made a decree and this decree was intended to re-enforce in the minds of all who is really in charge of the affairs of planet earth. “This sentence is by the decree of the [heavenly] watchers and the decision is by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High (God) rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will and sets over it the humblest and lowliest of men. [Dan. 2:21; 5:21.]” Dan 4:17. Amplified.

THE BATTLE OVER THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

Two years ago Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore placed a 5,300 pound granite rock monument display of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Justice Building in Montgomery, Alabama, upon his own authority. On Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 eight of his fellow justices of the Alabama supreme court voted unanimously to overrule Moore by ordering that this Ten Commandment statue be removed from public view. Until the last few weeks this battle over the Law of God has been confined mainly to Alabama and once a month or so an update found its way into the back pages of major news sources throughout the USA. But in the last few weeks the story has taken on a life of its own as Justice Moore has defied his colleagues by refusing to remove the display. On Aug. 28th the story was on the front page of the Oregonian with the headline: “TEN COMMANDMENTS ROLLED AWAY AT ALABAMA’S JUDICIAL BUILDING.”

For the time being it has been moved to a windowless press room locked out of public view. Moore himself has been suspended from his office and awaits a hearing to decide whether he violated state ethical standards by defying the federal order. Moore claims the federal court lacks jurisdiction in the matter and will ask the Supreme Court to settle the wider question of religious displays in public buildings. Moore defends his action noting that Alabama’s state constitution mentions “the favor and guidance of Almighty God.”

Moore and his supporters said that the problem is that God is being removed from public life in the USA. They cite various issues, such as Abortion and Gay rights, which have been debated in the public form and won support and victory in America’s courtrooms. This has both saddened and outraged many conservative Christians and politicians alike. Moore represents one of the more vocal and high profile public figures who has decided to do something to fight the moral decline in our nation. Dozens of his supporters have come to Montgomery to publicly join Moore’s battle to return this nation to its moral roots.

Some have been sleeping on the court steps, others are driving down its streets in modified campers decorated by 6-foot-tall cardboard depictions of the Ten Commandments. They cheered when Moore, wearing a Ten Commandments pin on his lapel, appeared for the first time since a rally on Saturday, Aug 16th when he declared that he would file more appeals with the U.S. Supreme court, which rebuffed him this week.

It would seem that this battle over the Law of God has only just begun. In its Aug. 26th, 2003, edition the Oregonian published an article from the Orlando Sentinel by columnist Myriam Marquez entitled, “SHADES OF GEORGE WALLACE,” with a drawing of a hand coming out a dark cloud holding the Ten Commandments , with flashes of lightning and a voice speaking to Moses, standing on Mt Sinai with outstretched hands ready to receive them. The voice says, “…And see if you can keep them out of the Government’s hands, Okay?”

What I find both curious and amazing in all of this controversy is that not once has any publication ever printed an actual copy of the original Ten Commandments. Moore’s monument, like some religions, have edited and/or abbreviated the original law. For example, the Catholic Church has deleted the second commandment completely, which forbids the making of idols and/or images and bowing down to them. But in order to retain the number ten they divided the tenth into two parts which now reads: #9 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” #10. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” This is changing the law of God which fulfills Dan 7:25 re: the last day earthly power who shall “Speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until time and times and the dividing of time.” This will be the second 3 ½ years, the Big Time of Trouble.

Moore’s monument contains all ten of the original commands but in an abbreviated form, especially the 4th one, which simply reads “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” No one has bothered to ask Moore which day he day he considers to be the true Sabbath, because most people already know he believes that Sunday is the Sabbath or the Lord’s day, as Sunday keepers refer to it. The overwhelming majority of Americans observe Sunday as their Sabbath or Lord’s day each week, sincerely believing they are keeping the Law of God, by honoring the resurrection of Christ. Whenever anyone questions why Sunday keeping contradicts the original fourth commandment they are told that after the resurrection Jesus changed the day of worship from the 7th day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week, (Sunday) to honor His resurrection. He did this by meeting with the disciples on the first day of the week in various places, they claim.

Actually, there are only eight texts in the New Testament that refer to the first day of the week and not one of them authorizes a change of the day of worship. Father T. Enright, a Catholic priest from St. Louis, MO., back in the 1930’s made an offer of $1000.00 for one text in the New Testament which spoke about, let alone authorized Sunday as being the new day of worship for Christians before or after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He went on to say that there is no such text or any kind of authorization for such a change.

In fact, he explained that the Catholic Church, “by her Divine authority,” (which they claim to have from God Himself via Peter being the first Pope, another claim which cannot be proved from the Bible) changed the day of worship to the first day of the week from the 7th, by transferring the sanctity of the 7th day Sabbath of the original fourth commandment to Sunday, in honor of the resurrection of Christ, another claim for which there is no Bible text. Most theologians cite the Council of Nicea, 321-325 as the time when the change was made to Sunday. It was at that time Sunday became the official day of worship for the Catholic Church. He also stated that Protestants, by observing Sunday, thereby acknowledge the authority of the Catholic Church. He also admitted that the only church which truly follows the Holy Bible is the 7th day Adventist Church.

The reason the Catholic Church does not observe the Bible Sabbath is because she puts tradition above the Bible. Furthermore, they do not consider the Scriptures an infallible source of inspiration of truth or having any authority for them in matters of church doctrine, per se. Of course, there are other religions which observe the Bible Sabbath, such as the Jews and 7th Day Baptists and 7th Day Church of God.

Coming back to Myriam Marquez’s comments I just noticed what she had to say about Sunday worship. First she quotes Moore: “To do my duty, I must acknowledge God,” Moore told a crowd of supporters last week. “That is what this case is about. I will not violate my oath. I cannot forsake my conscience. I will not neglect my duty, and I will never deny the God upon whom our laws and country depend.” (Now here is Marquez’s comment on this statement).

“Whoa. There’s no state law in Alabama for mandatory church attendance on Sunday, is there? That’s a commandment, (referring to the 4th command which she assumes commands worship on Sunday) but certainly no state would defend such an unconstitutional mandate for prayer, would it? There are other commandments of faith that have nothing to do with state or federal laws. What duty does Moore spake of–his Christian duty or his duty to serve as an unbiased judge to mete out nonsectarian justice?” In her spirit she knows where this issue is headed and exposed it, even if she does not realize the true Sabbath day is Saturday, the 7th day of the week. But her final comment was insightful. “To acknowledge God, we don’t need to put commandments in a government building. We need to put those commandments in our hearts. No law and certainly no judge can do that for us.”

Isn’t this just truly amazing that a worldly journalist, who doesn’t even know which day of the week is the true Sabbath, understands the spirit of the New Covenant. In fact, this new covenant was predicted 600 years before Christ. “‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord ‘When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,’ declares the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jere. 31:31-33. NAS. Jeremiah also says in vs. 34 that when this new covenant is written inside the hearts of His people there will no longer be any need to invite people to “know the Lord,” “For they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the Lord, ‘for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Now compare that with what Paul speaks in Rom 11 about a “mystery” similar to the “mystery of His will” he speaks about in Eph. 1:9. 10. “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.” In Rom 11:25-27 Paul even quotes Jeremiah in regard to this same “mystery” which was predicted by Jeremiah. Paul tells the Jews in his day that “Blindness (hardness) in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (Lk 21:24; Rev 7:9). And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, which I shall take away their sins….For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Rom 11:25-29. In other words, God’s gift certificates do not have any expiration date on them…”And the gates of it (New Jerusalem) shall not be shut at all by day: for their shall be no night there.” Rev. 21:25.

A lot of theology has been written about the Old and New Covenant. In fact, the book of Hebrews reviews this in-depth. For example, in Heb. 7 Paul contrasts the Melchisedec priesthood with the Levitical or Aaronic explaining that Judah was chosen to be the tribe through which the Messiah would be born, something Moses never even mentioned, Heb 7:14. Why? Does it make sense that Jesus, a holy and harmless Saviour, (Heb 7:26) would come through the line of brothers who had the killer spirit in them? “Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations (Simeon & Levi). O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” Gen. 49:5-7. By contrast Judah had the spirit of self-sacrifice when he offered to become a servant or slave in the place of his little brother Benjamin. “Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.” Gen 44:33. This was the evidence that Joseph was seeking to prove that his brothers had changed and moved him to reveal himself to them, that he was indeed the ruler over all Egypt under Pharaoh.

Paul also contrasts the terrible and frightening events which transpired at the giving of the Law of Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, Exodus 19, when the first covenant was ratified, with the peace and tranquility of the second covenant Jesus ratified by His perfect life, sacrificial death and resurrection. “For you have not come to a mountain (Sinai) that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,…and so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, ‘I am full of fear and trembling.’ But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels…and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” Heb 12:18-24.

We know that God never changes, therefore that first covenant was not His idea in the first place, although He permitted it. In Heb. 7 Paul documents the fact that the first covenant was temporary because it had to be changed. It was a colossal failure and had to be replaced. It was not perfect because no one could ever become perfect through its administration, no matter how hard they tried or how many rituals they performed or animals they offered and killed, vs 11, 19. It was a carnal commandment, vs. 15, as well as weak and unprofitable, vs 16. In addition to all of that it was also a harmful and killer priesthood whereas Jesus’ priesthood is “harmless,” vs 26.

In his second letter to the church at Corinth Paul again draws contrasts between the old and new covenant, based on the Law in Stone (10 Commandments) versus or in contrast to the law in our hearts. “For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.” I Cor. 3:11, KJV. The ML versions reads: “If what passed away had its splendor, how much more that which is permanent!” Some try to say that the Law of God has been abolished, based on these words. But that is not what Paul is teaching here. He is talking about the “glory” of the first in comparison to the glory of the second. A lot of confusion leading to much controversy has revolved around the “LAW OF GOD.” Most people do not realize that to the Jew the phrase “Law of God” refers to and encompasses both the moral law (Ten Commandments) as well as the laws governing the sanctuary service which includes all the ceremonial services relating to the killing of animals for sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. This distinction is not made clear because the word “Law” to the Jewish mind meant the whole law. As far as the Jews were concerned in their day as well as today, not one jot or tittle of the law has been changed or abolished. That is why they want to start up the animal sacrifice system again, which I believe they will succeed doing in the near future. Those who have kept up with what is going regarding the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem know what I am talking about.

Paul tells us that we do not “make void the law” through faith in Christ but in fact we “establish the law.” Rom. 3:31. But how and where is the law of God established? The answer is that it is established in our hearts and minds. Paul makes this crystal clear in his discussion of the law in Rom 7 where he says that he “delights in the law of God after the inward man:” vs 22.

In other words Paul is talking about God’s law being written in the fleshly tables of our hearts through our acceptance of Him as our Saviour, which Jere. predicted, Jere. 31:31. But there is another law Paul spoke of which he calls “the law of sin and death,” Rom 8:2. This was the law Israel entered into at Sinai by promising to keep or obey the Law in Stone which was for stony hearted believers. They entered into this covenant of works with much fear and trembling, not fully realizing that the killing of animals as sacrifices for their sins was not spoken by the true God, as we learn from reading Isa. 1:10-12; 66:1-4 and Jere. 7:21-22.

The reason they entered into this covenant was because they were afraid of God, not because they truly loved Him. That is why Jesus had to come and allow Himself to be slaughtered as a helpless, innocent animal in order to expose the whole system for what it was, a Satanic pagan system which kept the participant in bondage and fear. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same: that through death He might destroy (take away His power or render him powerless) Him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb. 2:14, 15. If you would like to understand how all this fear began in the first place go to my web site at http://godslastcall.org and read the articles about the “Impostor God,” and how Satan was able to deceive Adam and Eve from the very beginning in Eden and bring them under his control through the “Fear of Death.”

Before Adam and Eve fell from their innocence, the Law of God was written in their hearts. In fact, that was the only kind of law that existed in the universe, the Law of Love. And it was written in the heart of every one of God’s creatures, from the beings inhabiting the unfallen worlds to all of the holy angels. It was only Lucifer (Satan) and his angels who had rejected this Law of Love causing themselves to fall from their heavenly home, “The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He has reserved (protected and preserved) in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Jude 6. For a moment here, let me share with you some of what I have written about God’s plan to restore all of His lost and fallen creatures. There is a book which reveals the mind of Lucifer shortly after his fall and before Adam and Eve fell. I will quote just one sentence from this book which gives us an important insight into Lucifer’s reasoning at this time: “If he (Lucifer) could in any way beguile (deceive) them into disobedience, God would make some provision whereby they might be pardoned, and then himself and all the fallen angels would be in a fair way to share with them of God’s mercy.” “Story of Redemption,” pg. 27. If you would like to read all eight pages of this section of the book write and ask for it and I will send them out to you to aid you in your own personal research on this topic of “Restoration.” See “Into the Father’s Heart,” pages 388 to 407.

Now, let us continue on in our study of God’s Law. There is also the important matter of the application of the law itself and who was in charge of administering it and enforcing it in regards to the killing of the animals and all of the rituals and ceremonies that went with it. Who is the “god” who demanded all this slaughter in the first place? In Isaiah 1:10-12 the prophet calls the Jewish leaders “rulers of Sodom.” He rebukes them for their multiplied sacrifices. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure (delight not) in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?” The Spanish version is more to the point. Who has demanded these sacrifices? That question not only implies but makes it crystal clear that the true God never commanded or required any animal to be killed in the first place.

In fact, in Jer. 7:21, God categorically states that He never even spoke the law of animal sacrifices. So, the question must be asked at this point. Who then did speak this law of sacrifices and demanded that it be carried out to the letter? Of course, the only answer is that the enemy of all good…the liar and murderer from the beginning, whom Jesus pointed out was the actual Father of the Jewish religion, was indeed also the author of all this terrible animal slaughter. I have gone into great massive detail in my books and articles explaining this so we do not need to cover all that ground again. Chapter 28 of my book, “Into the Father’s Heart,” is entitled, “THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE SYSTEM,” and covers this topic thoroughly and then in my second book, “The Wonderful Truth About Our Heavenly Father,” I go into even more detail with many SOP quotations. Remember also that whatever the Lord permits He claims to be doing so He can be in charge of it.

This is especially true of this animal slaughter system as it all pointed to coming of the Messiah. In other words, the Lord permitted it and used it to illustrate the gospel until Jesus Himself came and fulfilled the law to the letter by allowing Himself to be slaughtered like an innocent and helpless little lamb. Ezek. 20:25 clearly states that God allows laws to be written and enforced which are not good laws. “Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; And I polluted them in their own gifts…” If you would like to study more deeply into this topic of the Animal Sacrifice system you may order my book, “THE WONDERFUL TRUTH ABOUT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.” Reg. price is $12.95. Now on special for only $9.95.

The reason all of this is so important is because they are going to start up the animal sacrifice system again over there in Jerusalem when they finally get that temple rebuilt. Satan will also appear and will convince the leaders of the world that he truly is the Messiah. So, the true Gospel or good news abut our God being “Holy, harmless and undefiled” truly has been hidden as Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:3, 4.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” This now brings us full circle to our present time with this same law in stone with its proposed and desired re-application in our present sin satiated society which has thrown off all restraints and has become like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Not only will the re-application of this same Law in Stone be flawed, the re-application of this same Law will usher in the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of in Dan. 12, which will be a National and World Sunday law that will be enforced with a death decree.

Of course, 99% of the people, religious and secular do not understand these things. They don’t have even clue one. So, it shock and surprise us that the coming “Politically Correct” way to fight corruption in government and society as a whole is to now post the Ten Commandments in public places. But let’s just stop and think about it for ten seconds….why would these people, who do not even believe in, or keep the Law of God, but break it every day, suddenly have a very big interest in its public display??? Remember that the leading sign of the end is “deception.”

The original Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20. But that is not the one they are displaying. The one they are showing to the public has been both doctored and edited. Have you noticed that in the public displays one of the commands has basically been phased out…and it is the longest one of all. It reads simply in this posted version: “Keep or observe the Sabbath day holy.” #4. Read the original one. Go to Exodus 20 and read all Ten of God’s original commandments.

This is the correct and original version but the one they are posting is not going to help anyone be a better law keeper because it actually perverts God’s laws. For example, the Catholic version of the Ten Commandments leaves out the 2nd Command and then splits or divides the 10th one into two parts so there will still be Ten. Did you know that? So, why would they leave out the 2nd command? Because it forbids worshiping and bowing down to an image. And we know the Catholics do that in their churches. So, that commandment had to go…not changed but just plain deleted. “He shall change times and laws.” Dan. 7:25. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” That is the first one which is also broken…and that causes the 5th one to be broken for the Father Creator is not be honored but dishonored.

# 6 says, “Thou shalt not kill.” But the state, which is posting these laws, has condoned and approved abortion for many long years and gone to war against her enemies to kill them when Christ said we are to love our enemies. #7…Adultery….The leaders of this nation are going far beyond adultery when they condone homosexuality and their marriages…even in many of the churches of the land. #4 Remember to keep the Sabbath holy.” But which day does the State recognize and honor and observe as God’s holy Sabbath day?

It is the first day of the week…i.e. SUNDAY. So, the 4th command has not only been dishonored but actually changed and perverted to honor Pagan Sun worship. And the Pope’s new calendar now has changed the days of the week so that the true Sabbath will become the 6th day of the week and Sunday will be the 7th day which will correspond to the Law In Stone, the fourth Command. This “Constant Calendar” has Monday as the first day of the week and Sunday as the 7th. So, where is this all headed???? It is headed straight toward a National Sunday Law which will eventually have a death decree to enforce it. Are you ready to face such dire consequences?

So, what we are reading here is the beginning of the last battle of the Great Controversy of this present age or eon in which we are now living. The events tied in with or connected to Michael’s standing up are: 1. The worst Time of Trouble or Tribulation the world has ever seen. 2. The deliverance of the descendants of Israel…i.e. the Twelve Tribes we read about in Rev 7 who are sealed, 12,000 from each tribe, making 144,000. 3. A special resurrection of the dead, which will be the wave sheaf of the Delivered Ones. Jesus is the type or example or proto-type. He was the first of the first fruits (I Cor 15:20-24) and he took a wave sheaf to heaven with him from the dead. Matt 27:52, 53. This all will be repeated in the person of His people, the final Elect. Matt 24:21-31.

Some will no doubt protest by saying, “We cannot be like Christ. It is impossible.” But that is not what the Bible or the SOP teach. Notice: “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and he angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Rev. 11:1. For a long time I did not know what this verse meant. Then one day the Lord directed me to this verse: “Till we all come into 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 fulness of Christ:” Eph 4:13. The measuring rod is the Law of God and the people being checked out, to see if they “measure up” to the character of Christ, are those who profess to believe in Jesus who are waiting for His Second Coming. How closely must we resemble Jesus in character? “Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement four us, should we become perfect in Christ. Not even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to the power of temptation…Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.” GC 623.

The question most people have is “How can I become perfect?” The answer is “By beholding we are changed” as we read in 2 Cor 3:18. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory (character) of the Lord, are changed into the same image (likeness) from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord.” So, how do we “behold” the glory of the Lord so we can have this change taking place in our lives every day? It is only as we study His true character of love that this will happen. And that is the importance of understanding God’s true character, that He does not take life, i.e. kill or destroy, but ever and only gives life. “Lead the people to look to Jesus as their only hope and helper; leave the Lord room to work upon the mind, to speak to the soul, and to impress the understanding. It is not essential for you to know and tell others all the whys and wherefores as to what constitutes the new heart, or as to the position they can and must reach so as never to sin. You have no such work to do. All are not constituted alike. Conversions are not all alike….” 1 SM 177.

“The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. This is evidence that Satan’s delusions have lost their power; that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you.” SC 64, 65. “The more we contemplate the character of Christ, and the more we experience of His saving power, the more keenly shall we realize our own weakness and imperfection, and the more earnestly shall we look to Him as our strength and our Redeemer.” SL 83.

“If you make failures and are betrayed into sin, do not feel then you cannot pray…but seek the Lord more earnestly.” OHC 49. “When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man’s best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own divine merit.” 1 SM 382; ML 250. “If one who daily communes with God errs from the path, if he turns a moment from looking steadfastly unto Jesus, it is not because he sins willfully; for when he sees his mistake, he turns again, and fastens his eyes upon Jesus, and the fact that he has erred, does not make him less dear to the heart of God.” RH 5-12-1896. “Those who are really seeking to perfect Christian character will never indulge the thought that they are sinless.” SL 7. “The greater distance between them and their Saviour, the more righteous they appear in their own eyes.” SL 8. “No one who claims holiness is really holy. Those who are registered as holy in the books of heaven are not aware of the fact and are the last ones to boast of their own goodness.” ST 2-26-1885, p 128. All of the above SOP quotes are from a 133 page booklet entitled, “THE CRISIS AHEAD,” which you can order for only $8.95 + 1.50 postage=$10.45. Chapter titles include: 3. The National Sunday Law, 4. The Universal Sunday Law, 8. Satan’s Miracles, 9. Satan’s Personification of Christ, 11. The Latter Rain, 15. The Mark of the Beast, 16. The Close of Probation, 18. The Death Decree, 19. The Time of Jacob’s Trouble. 20. The Great Time of Trouble. 21. Home at Last.

Ok, now let’s talk about the Time of Trouble that Daniel 12:1 refers to which is going to be greater than any Trouble ever known or experienced in the history of the world. This cannot be the 1260 “years” which sincere expositors have interpreted to be in the past. Why? Because this Time of Trouble takes place just before the Deliverance of the Saints and the Special Resurrection. It is also a parallel passage to what Jesus predicted in Matt 24:21. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” I realize that there is a dual application involved here because Jesus is speaking to His disciples on the Mt of Olives. We also know that the Gospel was preached to all the then known world in their day through them and Paul and his associates. Col. 1:23. But the “End” did not come in Paul’s time so this has to have a final application in our day. I also realize that those believers in the Third Angels’ message in the 19th century applied Matt 24 and Luke 21 to their time and it caused a great revival known as the Great Advent Movement. The Lord knew this would happen and planned in order to cause a paradigm shift in North America in the 1840’s and years following. And it that is what happened in the fifty years that followed, because more bibles were printed and sold than ever before. So, the Lord knew exactly what He was doing.

But as the scroll is being unrolled more and more in our day we can see how these prophecies have a more direct and final fulfillment in our day. The events of Dan 12:1 are preceded by the prediction that Satan, under the title “king” (in Ezek 28 he was referred to as the Prince of Tyrus and the King of Tyrus). Dan 11:36 clearly shows this verse is speaking about Satan and those he works through. And vs 44 reveals the timing of this prophecy to be at the same John saw an “Angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God:” which we know to be the sealing of the 144,000 in Rev 7:3-8. This is the “Tidings” which trouble Satan. “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and to make away many.” Dan 11:44, 45. Rev 12:12-14 are talking about this same time frame as Dan 12:7 which predicted that this terrible time of trouble would last a “Time, Times and a half,” which is the same exact time period that the woman will be “nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” Vs 14. Keep in mind that the people who have to go through this horrific period of persecution are called the “Remnant.” The Elect and the 144,000 do not have to go through this 3 ½ period of time because they allowed the Lord to perfect their characters previously or before the Sunday Law Death Decree was passed. How do I know that? Well, let’s take three scriptures to begin with. Luke 21:34-36 speaks of a trap that is being set for the whole world. But Jesus instructed us how to escape that trap: “Be vigilant and pray unceasingly so that you may have strength to escape all those impending events and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.” Then Malachi 3:16-18 predicts that a group of people God calls His Jewels or Special Treasure will “return” from somewhere to “discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves him not.” This is an obvious reference to the dividing between the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares, the wise and the foolish virgins. Look at Matt 13:39-43 and notice this is an explanation of the Harvest when the Tares and the Wheat are separated. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Matt 13:43. Cf. Rev 14:1-3. Now, let’s go to Rev 3:7-12 which is the message to the church of Philadelphia, the mature church which represents those who have become ripe for the harvest and are ready to be translated. “Because you have patiently obeyed me despite the persecution, therefore I will protect you from the time of Great Tribulation and temptation, which will come upon the world to test everyone alive.” Vs 10.

On my way back from California the Lord urged me very strongly, against my own will, to stop and visit a retired minister friend, whose last job was conference president here in N. America. He has been reading his bible every morning very diligently and I told him that was the only reason I decided to stop and see him as I felt he was trying to fill his vessel with oil. I mainly talked and he listened for the first two hours. I flatly told him that he was “asleep,” which did shake him up. If we had not been such close friends in college that probably would have ended our visit right there and then. I felt really bad that it hurt his feelings but that is what happens sometimes when friends exchange their thoughts and opinions very honestly and openly. We ate some lunch and then talked some more. The last three hours we got our bibles out and I explained to him the Barley message from Rev 11 & 12. As I read the texts I learned something new I had not noticed before. The Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3 and on represent the Word of God, the Old and New Testaments. Before I explain what I learned let me talk about the church’s traditional interpretation. What I am referring to is the idea or concept that many of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, such as those found in Dan 12 and Rev 12 have already been fulfilled in the past. For example, we have always believed and taught that the 1260 days are actually days of years or literal years beginning in 538 AD and ending in 1798 AD. Yes, I used to also believe and teach that. But we must realize that this was a 19th century viewpoint from about 1855 and on when the pioneers believed Christ was expected to come at any time. But how can we say that is true now when the Great Tribulation of the last days, in our time, right now, has not even begun yet? What did Gabrielle tell Daniel when he asked how long the “wonders” would last? “It shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” Dan 12:7. God’s people have not yet been scattered but that day is coming at the time of the death decree. I know that the year day theory has been applied to the 1260 days but where in the bible is it applied to months? Or to the time and times? It must not only be proved that a day equals a year in prophecy but that an evening and a morning sacrifice equal one year. And that is not possible. From creation week until today, an “evening and a morning” is one day. So, it no longer fits. The servant of the Lord, contrary to many of her supporters, never claimed to be infallible.

In my second book, “The Wonderful Truth About Our Heavenly Father,” I shared these statements from EGW herself: “God intends that, even in this life, truth shall be ever unfolding.” 5T 703. “There is no excuse for anyone taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions are without error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not a proof that our ideas are infallible.” R & H, Dec 20, 1892, C.W.E. 35. “We must not think, ‘Well, we have all the truth, we understand the main pillars of our faith, and we may rest on this knowledge.’ Truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light.” Evang. 296, 297. This is from page 81 of “Wonderful Truth,” and I only quoted part of them. Let us now see what the servant of the Lord wrote about Daniel & Revelation. “The solemn messages that have been given in their order in the Revelation are to occupy the first place in the minds of God’s people. Nothing else is to be allowed to engross the attention.” 8T 302. Notice the phrase, “In their order.” That is one point I never realized before. The visions John had in each chapter have a sequential order. “When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood believers will have an entirely different religious experience.” TM 114. “When we as people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival.” TM 113; COL 69. “Study Revelation in connection with Daniel, for history will be repeated.” TM 116. Beloved, how could we possibly think that the days mentioned in Dan 12 and Rev 11 and 12 could be years? The final and ultimate application of these prophecies is about to take place.

The Lord impressed my mind about ten years ago that the prophecies of Daniel & Revelation would not be understood by anyone who rejects the character of God message. In other words, if a person believes that God destroys he/she will not be able to understand these important end time prophecies.

Now, let’s go to Rev 11:1, where we see John being given a reed like a rod. The angel told him to “Rise” or stand up and go “measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” What does this mean? Well, if you are going to “measure” someone it means that you are going to “check them out,” so to speak. A bride is measured so that her wedding dress will be an exact fit. The Lord is also preparing wedding garments for each of his people, which is the righteousness of Christ. And it is only through a study of His holy and divine character that we will be “fitted” for the wedding garment He is preparing for us. Notice: “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.” Eph. 4:13. Only Jesus can help us to measure up as we surrender our all to Him. The first ones John was told to check out for their character development were those who were “worshiping” inside the first compartment of the temple where the altar of incense is. The court was not to be measured during this time for the Gentiles would be dealt with later during the second 3 ½ year period. Verse 3 introduces the first 3 ½ years during which the Lord told John that He would “Give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” I have explained this before in detail so will not go over it again except to say that these Two Witnesses are the same as the Elect or the Barley Group, like Gideon’s 300 and they are scattered all over the earth during this 3 ½ year period. But they are all speaking the same truths about God’s true character and telling the people the truth about God which will expose the New World Order. Like Jesus, they cannot be stopped until they have “Finished their testimony.” So, at the end of 42 months or 1260 literal days the NWO will “Make war against them, and shall over come them, and kill them.” Vs 7. This is not a literal death but a shutting off of their microphone, so to speak, or silencing them by slander and a media smear campaign on a world wide scale so that everyone who believed what they were saying will no longer believe them. This is what happened to Jesus. For 3 ½ years He had a very large following but after He was arrested, put on trial and crucified, not even one of His disciples still believed in Him. But verse 11 says that after 3 ½ days they will be revived and translated. This event is described in all three of the gospels as well as in Rev 6:12-17, under the 6th seal. “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” Rev. 11:12. This is a parallel to this passage: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5. Compare this passage with Dan 7:13, 14.

 

INTRODUCTION
FOREWORD
REVELATION 1-3 – Christ’s Seven Messages To His Seven Churches
REVELATION 4 – The Open Door That Leads To God’s Throne
REVELATION 5 – The Sealed Scroll Only Jesus Christ Could Open
REVELATION 6 – The Opening Of The Seals Begin & Four Horses Appear
REVELATION 7 – The Progressive Sealing Of The 144,000 From 12 Tribes
REVELATION 8 – The Beginning Of The First Four Trumpets After 30 Min. Of Silence
REVELATION 9 – 200 Million Righteous Soldiers Come From The Wave Sheaf Of The Dead
REVELATION 10 – The Angel With The Open Book In Its Hand
REVELATION 11 – The Death Of The Two Witnesses Who Preach For 3 1/2 Years
REVELATION 12 – The Birth Of The Man Child Who Is Translated Up To Heaven
REVELATION 13 – The Rise Of The Two Beasts And Their Enforced Bio Chip Mark
REVELATION 14 – The New Song Of The 144,000 And 3 Messages Which Acquit The Father
REVELATION 15-16 – Who Brings The Seven Last Plagues? God’s Wrath Defined And Explained
REVELATION 17 – How The Lamb Overcomes The Ten Wicked Kings Of The Earth
REVELATION 18 – The Fall Of Babylon Caused By The Glory Of The Angel Of Rev 18
REVELATION 19 – The Arranged Marriage And The Suzerain Treaty And The Divine Family
REVELATION 20 – The 1,000 Years Begin: Satan Bound And The Saints Sit On Thrones
REVELATION 21-22 – The Restoration Of All Things Explained In Symbolic Detail