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The Value of a Soul

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Christ spoke the startling words of how we are to love one another. He has ransomed all by His blood, and because He has ransomed ALL, that excludes none from His self-sacrificing gift. He didn’t fail to give everything He had, and by it, God testified to all mankind of the great love and value He values the human race at.

Look at the price He paid to declare our value:

Matthew 13:45-46  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  (46)  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, WENT AND SOLD ALL THAT HE HAD, AND BOUGHT IT.”

Christ saw what it meant to purchase the kingdom of heaven for mankind, and that meant Him giving everything. Did He value us being in the kingdom enough to pay the price? He did.

1 Peter 1:18-19  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold… (19)  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

The value of every man has already been determined in the heart of God, and that value is determined by the ONE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE. This value testifies of the love that God has for us:

1 John 4:9-10  “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  (10)  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

If the apostle’s declaration of the love of God were finished here, that would have been enough, but it was not enough, because that love is to have a transformational effect on how we value others. He concludes:

1 John 4:9-11  Beloved, IF GOD SO LOVED US, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”

So then, if the love of God has declared our value by giving all, why have we not believed this value, embraced it, walked in it, and valued others with that same established value? Why have we failed to love others as God has loved us?

Whoever has been redeemed by this “blood of the everlasting covenant” (Hebrews 13:20) has “left his name as a curse for God’s Chosen” (Is. 65:15), as it is written, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). Our name was a curse to Christ; our name is that old selfish, self-seeking character, full of pride, envy, jealousies, hatred, covetousness, love of money, and the lusts of this world. When we have a truly born again experience, in Christ we become blessed by a God who loves us immensely; not because He loves us more now than before, but because we recognize it and embrace the value God has placed upon us in giving up His dearly beloved Son. It is in realizing this that the release from the curse of sin and separation from God is abolished. By this reality we experience freedom in the blessings of Christ: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ:” (Eph. 1:3)

That “all spiritual blessings” would include the very love, in and through us to “one another”, by which those blessings came CANNOT BE DENIED.

Christ says EXACTLY THIS. He says how denying that love to others is a denial of Christ Himself who, for so great a price, bought us, but to have that love is to declare that we HAVE RECEIVED THAT LOVE:

Matthew 25:34-46  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, YOU BLESSED of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  (35)  For I WAS HUNGRY, and YOU GAVE me meat: I WAS THIRSTY, and YOU GAVE me drink: I WAS A STRANGER (not of the same faith), and YOU TOOK ME IN:  (36)  NAKED, and YOU CLOTHED me: I WAS SICK, and YOU VISITED me: I was IN PRISON, and YOU CAME to me.  (37)  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  (38)  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  (39)  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  (40)  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch AS YOU HAVE DONE IT TO THE LEAST OF THESE, my brethren, YOU HAVE DONE IT TO ME.

Notice that those who Christ pronounces as blessed are the ones who value others naturally as Christ values them, but yet not for any reward, but simply because that is the very thing that should be done “to the least of these”. What about the imprisoned murderer? Yes, definitely. The cold adulteress? Of course. The drunkard on the street who has ruined himself? Yes, especially for him as well. Even the strangers outside of our faith? Yes, even for them. Christ DIED TO SAVE SINNERS. Look at the EXAMPLE OF BOTH CHRIST AND HIS DISCIPLES:

Luke 5:30-32  But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do you eat and drink with publicans and sinners?  (31)  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  (32)  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Christ hasn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. The scribes and Pharisees made a practical confession that they were not sinners, and deemed themselves wholly better and more worthy of God’s favor than these souls, “which say, ‘keep to yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you.’ These are a smoke in My nose, a fire that burns all day.” The self-righteous man, instead of a sweet savor to our God, is a suffocation to Him, which quenches His Spirit. It was this class that put to death our Savior, thrusting Him upon the altar of burnt offering, holding no value for even the Holy one.

If then we claim to be righteous, but have done nothing at all to minister to them the way Christ has ministered to us, aren’t we truly in need of a physician? And if we claim to be righteous, while failing to call “sinners to repentance” because we estimate ourselves as more worthy, while holding a clear problem with recognizing the value of others, doesn’t it show that we have a wrong value system that is not based upon God’s value for us [“for there is no favoritism with God” (Rom. 2:11)], but upon our self-estimate? misunderstanding OF OUR OWN VALUE and WHERE IT COMES FROM? Now, if the “so-called” righteous cannot see this, but the sinner himself can see he does need help and a physician, ISN’T HE ABLE TO SEE MORE CLEARLY THAN THEY ARE? Even so, those blessed in Christ’s love will demonstrate that love.

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS: A VALUE ISSUE

Even the religious “heirs of the true faith” were wonderful at finding fault with Christ as He ministered to “the least of these”: thus showing an gross problem of where their value truly came from:

Luke 7:34-35  The Son of man (Christ) is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!  (35)  But wisdom is justified of all her children.

They found fault with Christ because they thought that He Himself, a friend of sinners, would certainly partake of their sins, yet He says “wisdom is justified of her children.” He “did no sin”, and was not a glutton nor a drunkard, but the Scripture says: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30)

Christ sought to win their confidence, and show them the way to the true Tree of Life, which was Christ Himself.

THE REST OF THE PARABLE

Christ, in the rest of the parable spoke not about those who had received the blessing of His love and revealed it in self-sacrificing, caring ministry to the neediest and lowliest class of society, but those who DID NOT, but CLAIMED THEY DID:

(41)  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, YOU CURSED, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  (42)  For I was an hungred, and ye GAVE ME NO meat: I was thirsty, and ye GAVE ME NO drink:  (43)  I was a stranger, and ye TOOK ME NOT in: naked, and ye CLOTHED ME NOT: sick, and in prison, and ye VISITED ME NOT.  (44)  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, WHEN did we see You an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto You?  (45)  Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you DID IT NOT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE, you DID IT NOT TO ME.  (46)  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

HOW CLEAR DOES THE TRUTH APPEAR! We are to value those who God has valued with the very value He has placed upon them: and that is the value of Christ Himself! He regards Himself as not being any different from those precious souls for whom He died, because He gave Himself entirely for them. We are told that the “Word was made flesh, and tabernacled with us.” “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Heb. 2:14)

LOVING IS MANIFESTED IN MORE THAN WORDS WITHOUT ACTION

1 John 4:20  “If a man SAYS, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he hath seen, HOW CAN HE LOVE GOD WHO HE HAS NOT SEEN?”

1 John 3:16-18  Hereby we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  (17)  But whosoever has this world’s good, and sees his brother having a need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how can the love of God dwell in him?  (18)  My little children, let us NOT LOVE IN WORD, NEITHER IN TONGUE; but IN DEED AND IN TRUTH (Christ is the Truth).

How can the redeemed do anything less than live as Christ lived?

1 John 2:6  He that says he abides in Him, should also himself walk even as he walked.

When the curse was laid upon Christ, that we might be redeemed from the curse, the curse was slain on the “tree” Christ was crucified on. Through this, God calls us His servants who have been redeemed, and gives us a new name, just as Jacob (meaning deceiver) was given the name Israel (meaning overcomer).

Isaiah 65:15-18  And you shall leave YOUR NAME FOR A CURSE unto My Chosen (That is Christ): for the Lord GOD shall slay you (the cursed you which is laid upon Christ), and call His servants by ANOTHER NAME:  (16)  That he who BLESSES himself in the earth shall BLESS himself in the God of truth…; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. ..But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I CREATE Jerusalem a rejoicing, and HER PEOPLE A JOY.

Now, if that happened, and God has given us a new name of BLESSING, and not a cursed name, then He CREATES US NEW IN CHRIST. Therefore, the curse of coldness through iniquity is slain, and we have a BLESSED CONFESSION OF FAITH:

Galatians 2:20 I am CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVES IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, WHO LOVED ME, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.

And if Christ is in us, does He give ANY LESS LOVE than He has GAVE while He lives in us? Is Christ selfish, or fearful of the loss of the treasures of this world? No, not at all; in fact everything He forfeited was sacrificed so that He could give it as a gift to us. If Christ “so loved us” we will so love one another. Yet if anyone’s VALUE is determined by what they think they do, and not by Christ, then the apostle shows the destruction of the value placed upon us:

Galatians 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.”

What does it mean that Christ is dead in vain? It means His love was worthless in producing in you what the Father had desired it would. It strikes at the heart of the value issue, declaring that if all your works of the law were what was necessary to make you righteous in the manner that God desired, then Christ. The problem is that THE LAW CAN NEVER MAKE YOU RIGHTEOUS and it has no love of itself to reveal to you if it is simply you keeping the law. THE LAW CANNOT DETERMINE YOUR VALUE; NOR CAN THE LAW FORGIVE YOU: IT CAN ONLY CONDEMN YOU. This was the Pharisees great misconception regarding value. They saw God not as a God of love, but they saw Him in a light that would condemn and not sacrifice and redeem, empower and save; this value system where the love of God was hidden from view, impressed it’s image on everything they did, finally even condemning Christ Himself. And Christ addressed this very issue at the house of a chief Pharisee.

THE BLESSED AND THE CURSED REVEALED

Mary Magdalene is spoken of as the woman “which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities” (Luke 8:2) by Christ, “out of whom He had cast seven devils” (Mark 16:9). This woman understood the value of what Christ had done for her, and showed a strong token of her love.

Luke 7:36-37  “And one of the Pharisees desired him that He (Christ) would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.  (37)  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat to eat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,”

To show just how much Mary understood and valued the love that Jesus had manifested toward her, she expressed it in a “very costly” way:

John 12:3-5  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, VERY COSTLY, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  (4)  Then said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,  (5) Why was not this ointment sold for THREE HUNDRED DENARIUS, and given to the poor?

How costly was this? It was “three hundred denarius”. How much is that?

Matthew 20:2  And when he had agreed with the labourers for A DENARIUS A DAY, he sent them into his vineyard.

If the gift she gave could have been sold for 300 denarius, and a denarius was a day’s wages, then she gave three hundred days wages worth of “spinenard” to anoint Jesus. This would have been nothing short of her whole life’ savings representing her whole life under the curse of sin, to anoint Jesus with her old “cursed name” and to reveal she was walking in the blessing of having received that love and value.

Matthew 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Yet the Pharisees, struggling to understand that a woman recognized by them as a sinner, looked to the righteousness which they thought they had by the law, which left them cold, desolate, and devoid of the love of Christ. They supposed in their righteousness a sufficiency which had no need of Christ. Yet Mary was overflowing with self-sacrificing love for Jesus:

Luke 7:39-48 (39)  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, “This man, if He was a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches Him: for she is a sinner.”  (40)  And Jesus answering said unto him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he said, “Master, speak on.”  (41)  “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred denarius, and the other fifty.  (42)  And when they had nothing to pay, he freely forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  (43)  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, You have judged rightly.  (44)  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, YOU GAVE ME NO WATER for My feet: but SHE HAS washed My feet WITH TEARS, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  (45)  You GAVE ME NO KISS: but this woman since the time I came in HAS NOT CEASED to kiss My feet.  (46)  My head with oil YOU DID NOT ANOINT: but this woman HAS ANOINTED my feet with ointment.  (47)  For this cause, I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  (48)  And he said unto her, Your sins are forgiven.”

Mary had such a clear sense of her sinfulness, but also the love that Christ had bestowed upon her, and it was not “in vain”. Yet Simon had no love for her, “the least of these”, and found no love for Christ; but rather he condemned both her and Christ in his own self-righteous estimation; he had little sense that he was also a sinner in need of forgiveness. To understand that value that Mary felt is not only her experience, but it is to be our own. Our very own lives anoint Jesus at the cross; if we will believe He was made our curse, and made sin for us, we shall “leave our names as a curse” at the cross of Christ by faith, and walk in a new name, in “newness of life”. And how do we repay? By doing to the least of these as though it were Jesus Himself.

Yet the more of the love that God reveals to us by the abundance of mercy and truth He gives to us commissions us to a yet higher calling still of valuing souls aright. It far exceeds the necessary physical needs, and temporal wants of those who Christ came to save. It means bringing to them the everlasting gospel; a message which will result in a change that will purify from all filthiness and impurity, and purge all unrighteousness from the sin-stained soul. The message of Christ’s return is to declare the deepest revelation of the love of God known to man, that restores the fullness of the heart of Christ’s self-sacrificing principles to those who receive it to fit them for heaven. The results of this reception are everlasting, as is the rejection of it to be everlasting; for this cause, prophecy declares this message as the everlasting gospel. The least of these, above all, need to know the deliverance of Mary who was forgiven much, and loved much.

The Image of the Beast

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“ALTHOUGH much has been said on this subject, it may not be out of place for us again to call attention to it.The beast which is to make this image is the two-horned beast of Revelation 13:11-18. The beast to which an image is to be made is the Papal beast, i.e., the Roman Catholic church clothed with civil authority. It is said to make an image to the first beast. The first beast is the one introduced in the preceding portion of the chapter, which receives a deadly wound. And it is after this deadly wound that the two-horned beast makes an image to the first beast. The first beast receives the civil power of the dragon. This dragon, we see by what is said of it, is the civil power which bore rule at the time of Christ’s birth. This was the Pagan Rome power.
In A. D. 538 the Pagan Rome power gave its seat – the seat of empire of Rome, the city of Rome – into the hands of the Catholics, with civil authority to persecute heretics. This power it held for 1260 years, which ended in 1798. In the year 1798 when the French army under General Berthier entered Rome, and deposed the Pope, and established the Papal power, the deadly wound was inflicted on this first beast.
The two-horned beast which makes the image to this first beast is seen coming up at the time this wound is inflicted on the first beast.
It has been clearly shown that the government of the United States has come up in the right time, on the right territory, and in the right manner to fulfill the specifications in regard to this two-horned beast. It comes up out of the earth. Its predecessors came up by the striving of the four winds upon the great sea [Daniel 7], the sea representing nations, etc. Revelation 17. While the powers symbolized by the four beasts of Daniel 7 have successively come up by the overthrow of the government of their predecessors, this two-horned beast “comes up,” not by winds’ striving, not by the justling of nation against nation, not by powers’ being overthrown to establish it; but it plants itself in territory which previously was unoccupied by civil governments.
Our declaration of independence having been made in 1776, in 1798, the time the deadly wound was inflicted on the first beast, this power was a lamb (youthful) power, “coming up.”
The rise of our government since 1798, as expressed by an English Journalist in 1853, has not a parallel in the past history of the human race. It is also found that the government itself answers to the description of this beast. While it is lamb-like in its profession, both in its civil and ecclesiastical departments, it is dragon-like in its action.
While the civil power declares in its declaration of independence that all men are entitled to liberty, by its voice, or laws, it holds about four millions of beings in slavery. The ecclesiastical power of the government, which is Protestant, claims to grant to all, toleration and freedom of faith. Yet at the same time it joins in with the voice of civil authority in enforcing slavery, while the measures by which it does so may gall the consciences of men.
Here also a series of wonders have been performed, and now even miracles are done by the beast. Spiritualism with all its satanic deceptiveness is working upon the people, and the way is being fully prepared for a saying to go forth that an image should be made to the first beast. When this image is made men are to be caused to worship it under severe penalties.
It is true we do not expect the making and execution of the great decrees of the beast until after the third angel’s message of Revelation 14, shall have accomplished its warning against the work of this beast. We understand, however, that steps are now being taken which will result in the making of that image. We do not understand that the making of that image will be a momentary work, but like the rise of the beast itself, will occupy a little space of time in its development.
We would inquire at this time, How far developed is the image of the beast?
It may be said that the making of the image of the beast is yet future, and that there are no means of telling how it will be done. I think the best way to form our theories upon this subject would be to look at the rise of the first beast – to look at the steps which were gradually taken to bring it into action as a persecuting power. Similar steps will probably be taken to make an image to the beast that were taken to make the beast.
Some have said when an image to the beast is made it will enforce Purgatory and all the doctrines of the Papal church. That would not necessarily be the case. A power that should enforce the doctrines of the Papacy would restore Papacy instead of making an image. An image to anything must be something that is in appearance like the thing, yet is not the thing itself. An image to the Papacy we should understand would be some other class of religionists that should take similar steps in enforcing its sentiments to those taken by the Papacy. We think it can be made clear that but five distinct steps were taken by the church before she came into the position marked in prophecy as the “beast with seven heads and ten horns.” We think we can show that four of those steps have been taken by the nominal, creed-making Protestants of this time; and they are already striving to take the fifth step, which will fully constitute them the image to that beast.
The overt steps taken by the church were, First, the making of a creed. For this purpose Conventions were called, Synods and Councils convened, and the result was a great universal creed. The second step was to make that creed a rule of faith and test of fellowship. This was no sooner done than it was decided to try unruly members by the creed instead of the Bible. So for the third step, this creed became the tribunal by which men were judged. The fourth step was to brand all as heretics who did not subscribe to the creed. In the fifth step they obtained the aid of the civil law to enforce penalties on those whom they had branded as heretics. It was for some time after they had formed their creeds, that they could only threaten what they would do to heretics, but they did not punish them because no laws were passed by which they could do it.
As an illustration of this matter we would refer to Theodosius’ edict which was made in the year A. D. 380. This may be found in Gibbon’s Rome, chap 27. After having given an account of Theodosius’ baptism he says: “And, as the emperor ascended from the holy fount, still glowing with the warm feelings of regeneration, he dictated a solemn edict, which proclaimed his own faith, and prescribed the religion of his subjects. It is our pleasure (such is the imperial style) that all the nations which are governed by our clemency and moderation, should steadfastly adhere to the religion which was taught by St. Peter to the Romans, which faithful tradition has preserved, and which is now professed by the pontiff Damasus, and by Peter, bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the discipline of the apostles, and the doctrine of the gospel, let us believe the sole deity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; under an equal majesty, and a pious trinity. We authorize the followers of this doctrine to assume the title of catholic Christians; and as we judge that all others are extravagant mad-men, we brand them with the infamous name of heretics and declare that their conventicles shall no longer usurp the respectable appellation of churches. Besides the condemnation of divine justice, they must expect to suffer the severe penalties which our authority, guided by heavenly wisdom, shall think proper to inflict upon them.”It was several years however before severe penalties were inflicted upon them.But it seems from his next statements that even these penalties were not immediately executed. He says: “The theory of persecution was established by Theodosius…. but the practice of it, in the fullest extent, was reserved for his rival and colleague Maximus, the first among the Christian princes, who shed the blood of his Christian subjects on account of their religious opinions.” In these edicts the emperors were beginning a work which finally resulted in the giving of the civil power into the hands of the Papal church.As we have before shown it is by the two-horned-beast power (our own government) that an image is to be made to this first beast. Some regard it perhaps as all fancy that we should suppose any such thing will be done here. We already see four steps have been taken by the Protestant church, and a plea set up that like causes produce like results, we should conclude an “image to the beast” would be the result of taking these steps. But we have the sure word of prophecy declaring that this power will make an image and we look on the taking of these steps as a fulfillment of the prophetic testimony concerning this power.
On the first step taken by the church of Rome we would say: Nearly every prominent sect of the present time has her creed which they tell us is founded upon the Bible. Yet we find the sentiments of their creeds discordant, which shows of course that they are not all drawn from the fountain of truth. In regard to what the churches of our land have done in regard to creed-making we will make a few quotations from a sermon preached by Charles Beecher at the dedication of the Presbyterian Church at Ft. Wayne, Ind.: “Our best, most humble, most devoted servants of Christ are fostering in their midst what will one day, not long hence, show itself to be of the spawn of the dragon. They shrink from any rude word against creeds with the same sensitiveness with which those holy fathers would have shrunk from a rude word against the rising veneration of saints and martyrs which they were fostering.”  “The creed system is now exerting upon the clergy of the Protestant churches a secret, unsuspected, but tremendous power against the Bible – a power of fear. Yes, while it professes to venerate and defend the Bible, it is virtually undermining it.” “The religious world has what is called a public sentiment of its own, and this is formed chiefly by the great evangelical denominations. Other denominations are, owing to their paucity of numbers, less perceived. By one or the other of these denominations, the first fact is, the young candidate is to be licensed; for public sentiment has settled that an unlicensed preacher is no preacher at all. He must have license, then; all his hopes center on that. But there is not one of these great evangelical denominations from which he can get license, unless he will subscribe the creed of that denomination. In other words, the Protestant evangelical denominations have so tied up one another’s hands, and their own, that, between them all, a man cannot become a preacher at all, anywhere, without accepting some book besides the Bible.” Thus we see the first overt step of Rome has been taken by the Protestant sects of our land.
The second step of Rome has been taken, and these creeds are also made a test of fellowship, as appears from the further testimony in Beecher’s discourse, which we quote because it displays the exact facts in the case:  “It is true, each denomination says, ‘We inflict no penalty – we only decline to receive into our ranks one who does not agree with us.’ And this is so specious, it sounds so reasonable, that it might deceive the very elect; but it is the most consummate stroke of infernal craft, and doubly distilled jesuitism. “It is like Rome, handing over the victims of the Inquisition to the civil arm, charging it to do them no harm, and then piously lauding her own lamblike disposition. It is true, the denominations do not do the candidate any harm, they only silently leave him to his inevitable fate.”
The third step of Rome is taken, and the creed is made the tribunal by which its members are tried. Did our space admit we might relate scores of instances where members have been denied a Bible trial, and when in trial by the church they have shown that their peculiar sentiments were in accordance with the Bible, they have been tried by the creed, and expelled from the society of the creed powers. A case came up in Wisconsin not many months since. A Baptist deacon, with his wife and daughters, embraced the present truth. In the winding up of the trial it seemed necessary to tell these individuals why they were set aside from the church. The clerk said, “We do not want you to think, Bro. Wright, because we expel you from the church, that we do not consider that you keep the commandments of God, for we believe you do; but your faith does not agree with the Baptist Treatise!”
That the fourth step has been taken, and those are anathematized who do not subscribe to the Orthodox creeds of this time is clear from the following testimony from Beecher concerning an unlicensed minister: “Unlicensed, without moral affinities with the minor sects, alone, before he has formed the self-sustaining habits of a man, before he has yet tried his armor, self-distrustful, generally poor, often in debt, inexperienced, he finds an invisible, intangible Power has entangled and enveloped him in complicate, writhing folds. The frown of society is upon him, public sentiment is against him – the public sentiment of good men, yea, of the best and most devoted! He is whispered to be unsound, unsafe, heretical! He is called by every sectarian name most frightful to ears evangelical, right or wrong; and yet nobody does it. He is smitten; he looks here and there, behind and before; he can see nobody. And thus he is politely, and respectfully, and silently, and invisibly crushed. He is in the religious world what a broken-down candidate is in the political – dead.
“Now there never was a torture of the Inquisition more exquisitely suited to extort conformity from an agonized victim. Not the body, but the mind is on the rack. Every most noble feeling is tried to the utmost. His natural need of livelihood, his care of family and of friends, his sense of reputation, his honest ambition, his tastes, his intellectual habits, his hopes of usefulness, yea, the very inmost, sacred emotions of his devotional experience, are here taken hold of – in the dark – by an unseen, ruthless hand – and are wrung, and racked, and wrenched, to the last extreme of mental torture. And there is no eye to pity, nor arm to save. The public will not hear him. He is nobody, an outcast, a mad-man. “This, my friends, is the penalty which good men, out of good motives, unconsciously, yet really are proposing to the eyes of every candidate for the ministry, this intense spiritual martyrdom. During seven years it stares him in the face, during the whole forming time of his opinions. And for what? “For daring to say, ‘I do not receive your creed as containing the system of doctrines contained in the Bible;’ and for daring to say what God has said, ‘With that Bible alone I am perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ For repeating and holding on upon this declaration of God, he falls a spiritual martyr. And is not that an apostasy, then, that martyrs him? And is not the Protestant church apostate? Oh! remember, the final form of the apostasy shall rise, not by Rome’s aggressive march; not by the pope’s long arm, outstretched to snatch our Bible; not by crosses, processions, baubles. We understand all that. Apostasy never comes on the outside. It develops. It is an apostasy that shall spring into life within us; an apostasy that shall martyr a man who believes his Bible ever so holily…. That is the apostasy we have to fear, and is it not already formed? “Accept the Bible and the book, and you may put your own private construction on both, as every one does. Accept the Bible, and put your own private construction on that – the great paw of the beast is on you. This is what I call taking the Bible out of the hands of the ministry. “There is nothing imaginary in the statement that the creed power is now beginning to prohibit the Bible as really as Rome did, though in a subtler way. During the whole course of seven years’ study, the Protestant candidate for the ministry sees before him an authorized statement, spiked down and stereotyped, of what he must find in the Bible, or be martyred. And does any one, acquainted with human nature, need be told that he studies under a tremendous pressure of motive? Is that freedom of opinion? – ‘the liberty wherewith Christ maketh free?’ Rome would have given that. Every one of her clergy might have studied the Bible to find there the pontifical creed on pain of death. Was that liberty?”  Those who have embraced the unpopular, yet Bible doctrines of the Sabbath and near coming of the Lord, and have held fast their integrity in the midst of the rage and anathemas of a modern orthodox creed power are prepared to appreciate what we say when we tell them this is a manifestation of the fourth apostate step of modern Protestantism. The fifth step taken by Rome was to reach forth the arm and secure the civil power. Already is the church striving for laws to enforce an almost universal tenet, Sunday-keeping, which is purely traditional, and contrary to the commandment of God relative to the Sabbath. Several years since, Dr. Durbin, of the Christian Advocate and Journal, gave his views on this subject as follows: “I infer therefore that the civil magistrate may not be called upon to enforce the observance of the Sabbath (Sunday) as required in the spiritual kingdom of Christ; but, when Christianity becomes the moral and spiritual life of the State, the State is bound through her magistrates to prevent the open violation of the holy Sabbath, as a measure of self-preservation. She cannot without injuring her own vitality, and incurring the divine displeasure, be recreant to her duty in this matter.” Here is another statement which appeared in the N. Y. Evangelist in 1854 relative to this matter:  “The principle that Christianity is recognized by the State as something which essentially belongs to it, gives us, we think, the true and simple basis upon which the laws relating to the observance of the Sabbath are to be enforced. The law throws its protection round the sacredness and quiet of the first day of the week, not because it recognizes it as a sacred day in itself considered, but for other reasons.” From this it seems that they are trying to shape the matter so that laws may be passed enforcing Sunday without violating the constitution, which declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” During the last three years special efforts have been made in some parts, especially in the State of New York, to get more stringent Sunday laws. Last spring the Tribune took a stand somewhat against this Sunday legislation, whereupon some of the opposite party thought to make it a party issue. Accordingly a question was asked to the Tribune, which called out the following answer: “We answer categorically that the Lincoln party, as such, has no opinions whatever on the Sunday question.” This was taken up by the Albany Atlas and Argus of Oct. 6, which retorted against them: “Lincoln don’t care if the Sabbath is violated or not.” Here was an attempt to make a party issue of it, but it has not yet become such. Neither do we claim that these stringent Sunday laws will be immediately passed, but we wish to show that Protestants are desirous of taking the fifth step taken by Papacy before her persecutions of God’s people. And as we shall now pass to show, the legislative powers say they shall and must take the step. Before me lies the N. Y. Observer, of Aug. 23, 1860, which gives an account of a large and enthusiastic meeting which was held at Saratoga Springs, Aug. 12, the object of which was to consider the subject of taking effective measures to secure laws for the observance of Sunday. The Hon. Millard Fillmore, Ex-president of the United States, presided over the meeting:“On his right sat Gov. Buckingham, of Connecticut, and Hon. J. W. Beekman, of New York, and on his left Gov. Morgan, of New York, and the Hon. Wm. C. Alexander, of New Jersey, representatives (with the honored chairman of the meeting) of the three great political parties which, in the apprehended shock of their collision, now threaten to rend the land asunder. Would that this spectacle of Christian co-operation could be witnessed on a still grander scale! But even on this limited field of observation it was a stirring sight to behold the champions of opposing interests of State relinquishing their weapons at the foot of the cross.” Here we see is a point, and probably the only point on which they all could unite. Of this large concourse of people he says:  “Probably no two men thought exactly alike on any other subject. Doubtless all did not agree as to the grounds on which public action should be taken, or as to the extent to which that action should be pushed. But I have no question, from the tone of the meeting and from casual remarks I overheard, that if it had been put to the vote it would have been resolved by acclamation that our American Christian Sabbath – the precious birthright of our national independence – must and shall be preserved. “Mr. Cook proceeded to state what had been already done by the Sabbath Committee, and what they still proposed to do. Their success in silencing the Sunday newsboys, and closing the Sunday groceries should stimulate all the friends of good order to more vigorous, more systematic, and more persistent effort in the same direction. He paid a high and deserved compliment to the New York Press for their handsome and efficient co-operation in the good cause. He stated very pointedly and distinctly the question on which this holy war is waged. It was not whether we should have a Sabbath or not; that was settled by unanimous consent. The question is, Shall we have our own Christian, American Sabbath – the Sabbath of our childhood and of our fathers, the Sabbath of rest and holy quiet – or an imported European Sabbath? The speaker then ably contrasted the two conflicting methods of Sabbath observance, and argued vigorously against the lawless pretensions of a part of our German population. His statements were succinctly and effectively presented, and were heard with marked attention.” Ex-president Fillmore said that he “had aimed to secure the benefits of the day of rest through a long career of more than ordinary physical and mental exertion, and giving his full assent to the claims of all who desired to make it a day of worship, and to vindicate the prerogative of the civil authority. While he deemed it needful to legislate cautiously in all matters connected with public morals, and to avoid coercive measures affecting religion, the right of every citizen to a day of rest and worship could not be questioned, and laws securing that right should be enforced. He was happy to perceive that the gentlemen of the Sabbath Committee had avoided the mistakes connected with many attempts at moral reform, and their object had his entire approbation.” We look on these testimonies as a call for an image. May we all so obey the third angel’s message, so keep God’s commandments that we shall be prepared to stand when the trying time of the image beast’s decrees shall come.

Daniel 7: The Rise & Fall of Antichrist

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For a context for this article, it is highly recommended that you read the first part of this three-part series.

1) It arises amongst the divisions of Western Europe/Roman Empire.
2) It must rise after 476CE, when Rome was divided.
3) It’s rise to power includes uprooting three other kingdoms that stand in it’s way.
4) A man would represent this kingdom, claiming to have great authority over the kings of the Roman empire.
5) He is a different kind of king than the traditional political authority of the other kings.
6) He claims to have the authority that belongs to God.
7) He makes war with the saints who keep God’s laws.
8) He thinks to change times and laws of God’s government.
9) He reigns for 1260 years.

These points must be fulfilled to identify the anthchristian little horn power. Again, to have more detail on these nine points, and an abundance of Scriptural testimony, it is best to refer you to the first part of this three-part series.

The Antichrist Power revealed…

If antichrist was a giant political figure that everyone recognized as demanding the worship of Satan and having a hitler-esque demeanor, it would not be deceiving to many sincere but mislead Christians. Although nine characteristics have been revealed from this power, still more characteristics are necessary to understand what happened in the Roman Empire to cause the rise of this power.

The apostles all saw concerns coming in amongst those who received Christ’s sacrifice. He is the “Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29); He was called the Lamb, because anciently, the Hebrew people looked forward to the deliverance from sin by the Messiah-to-come, and to demonstrate their faith in His coming, they would sacrifice lambs, bulls, and goats. Yet “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb. 10:4) Yet most of the Israelites lost the meaning of their sacrifices, and had faith in those sacrifices to take away sins instead of the One to whom they pointed. And what is sin? The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4)

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The truth: Christ’s sacrifice and the law of God cannot be separated

The very law that the little horn would think to change was the law of God’s government; thus it would enforce a new law via the kings of Europe, and turn many away from the law of the true God; thus making of no effect the sacrifice of Christ. Christ, foreseeing what would come, declared:

“Do not think that I’ve come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

He then compared those who would “think” He came to abolish the law of God with the “righteousness” of the scribes and the pharisees (the religious class of people in Jerusalem): “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:20)

These men had taught that it was acceptable to “break one of these least commandments”; “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” Christ told them, fulfilling the Scripture in Isaiah, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

The antichrist power would make of no effect the commandments of God by their traditions; and profess with their mouths that they worship Him, but like the religious people of Christ’s day, are in fact crucifying Him over again in breaking the law. The Bible declares this as the righteousness of man (Rom. 10:3), while the law of God reveals the righteousness of God (Isaiah 51:6,7), which God says “will not be abolished [destroyed].”

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE CHURCH

The apostle Paul had studied the prophecies carefully. He saw the rise of the antichrist coming from Rome, and how he would think to change the law of God, and was troubled. God even kept on record three such warnings for us that a great falling away would occur in the Christian church.

wolf-shepherd-clothing“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:29-31)

The Christian church was to be compromised by a foreign power, previously unknown to it. Paul said Christ would not return until the work of this power had been fully accomplished: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2 Thes. 2:3)

Paul, seeing the little horn as changing the law of God which exposes sin, called him “the man of sin”, revealed in the church by “a falling away”; and the son of perdition (literally, of destruction, ruin, or loss). Going to greater lengths, he goes to the very church at the heart of the conflict that would come, and writes to them regarding to gospel of Christ, which restores the law’s rightful place in the heart of the believer. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;… For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:16-17) He continues further, and declares that those who believe in the effectual power of Christ’s sacrifice, have sin “condemned in the flesh [our flesh]”, “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3,4) He then warns the church in Rome not to become absorbed in worldly affairs, having their minds on this world and losing sight of the gospel, it’s power, and heavenly realities. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:6-7) Paul realized that the trouble was to arise in the church that was in Rome, that they would “think” against the law of God by supposing to hold some great authority to alter His commands. Paul emphasizes the words of Christ, that He came to “fulfill” the law, and not to destroy it.

In addition to the nine points, the tenth is this:

10) He came as the result of a falling away of the Christian church

ONE FINAL CHARACTERISTIC

One final characteristic must be mentioned, and then the identity cannot be mistaken to any honest child of God. To understand this point, we will examine another view of the characteristics of the little horn power of Daniel 7, from another prophecy in the Bible.

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The tokens of paganism are found in the little horn power…

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Revelation 13:2)

This beast has all the parts of the pagan kingdoms brought into one unique and diverse kingdom that the little horn’s rise to power in the divided Roman empire. It has the body of the leopard, symbolized by Bacchus, the Greek god. It has feet that walk in the laws of sun worship found in Media-Persia. It has the mouth of Babylon’s lion, having Babylon at the heart of it’s religion. And he is honored by being given the dragon’s throne (“seat”) of the Roman Empire; which seeks to devour God’s true children, who like Chronos, the chief deity of Rome, that devoured his own children and controlled time. The dragon, also symbolizing Satan’s rebellious kingdom, would presumptiously pass the “great authority” of having “power” and authority to “change times and laws” to this kingdom who sits upon the throne of the Roman empire.

Thus pagan elements are infused into this little horn kingdom so definitely.
Further proof that the little horn and this beast are one and the same. Here are four characteristics that match perfectly:

Revelation 13

A MOUTH AGAINST GOD
1) “there was given unto him a mouth speaking
great things and blasphemies…against God

WAR WITH THE SAINTS
2) “it was given unto him to make war with
the saints, and to overcome them” (v. 7)

1260 YEARS
3) “and power was given unto him to continue forty-two months
[1260 prophetic days/years]

AGAINST THE GOSPEL/HINDERS SALVATION FROM SIN
4)  “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb” (v. 8)

 

Daniel 7

1) “a mouth that spake very great things… words against the most high…” (v. 20, 25)

2) “I beheld and the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them…” (v. 21)

3) “they shall be given into his hand until a time (1 year- 12 months), and times (2 years/24 months) and the dividing of time (half a year/6 months) [1260 prophetic days/years]

4) “he shall think to change times and laws…”***

 

***The Lamb is Christ which saves from sin. Antichrist is the religious power from the church in Rome that changes the laws which reveal the sins needing to be saved from.

THE REVELATION OF THE LITTLE HORN

The ONLY power in all of history that fulfills all 11 of these points clearly, and definitely, is the Roman Catholic Papacy.

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For some, it may be hard to believe that the Roman Catholic Papacy is antichrist, and at first glance, that may be understandable. However, when examining more closely, there are clear evidences which we will show for exactly why this is true. In the early Christian church, there was a falling away. It began at the time of pagan emperor Constantine’s “conversion” to Christianity. He began to shower favors upon the Christian church, and his counselors that it was God’s will to give them both advantages by removing the need to pay taxes, and also to give the church more land. The preference thus shown to Christianity, unconverted pagans walked into the church, and introduced paganism into Christianity; mingling it. Constantine sought to unite the pagans and the Christians, and those Christians who were already departing from the precepts given in the law of God were the most favorable to uniting with paganism. The falling away, while plaguing the entire Christian movement, was most advanced from the church in Rome, which Paul expressly counselled.
The most subtle form of deception which will deceive the whole world is a Christianized form of paganism, that has made this world it’s kingdom. Does this mean all the Roman Catholics are lost? No. In fact, Jesus said, “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Jesus tells us that He has other sheep, who are in other parts of the world, who do not know or see the truth, but when they hear the truth, they will leave their errors and their former teachers & leaders, and like the disciples of Christ, go and follow Him.

LET’S EXAMINE

Now let’s examine these points, and trace their fulfillment in the rising of this power:

1) He is a different kind of king than the traditional political authority of the other kings.
The Papacy was given the name Pontifex Maximus (the great bridgebuilder) because that was the name given to the pagan high priests who were appointed by the Roman Emperor. The Pope is diverse from the other kings because he is both a political and religious figure. The Pontifex Maximus duties were to consecrate temples of their gods, to regulate calendar observances, and regulating public morals, and fining and punishing offending parties. To this day, the Papacy claims the title as Pontifex Maximus. He built bridges from Christianity to unite with Paganism, and for Christianity to be established as a political force in this world, contrary to the will and plan of God. The bridges thus built were nothing less than converting Christianity to the world, and concealing it’s true character of paganism.

 

2) He thinks to change times and laws of God’s government.
One of the most remarkable prophecies in the entire Bible is that the antichrist claims to have authority to change the times of worship and laws of God. It is commonly understood that the early Christians did in fact worship on the times found in the law of God. Those times were as follows:

7th Day Sabbath
God calls these “My Sabbaths”; six days, He created all things, and on the seventh day, He rested. It is a sign of His creative power, and power to save and separate His people from the world. (Exodus 20:8-11) (Exodus 31:13) (Deuteronomy 5:13-15) It will be observed in heaven (Isaiah 66:22-23)
Part of a continuous 7-day weekly cycle, beginning at the setting of the sun Friday to the setting of the sun Saturday.
It was kept by most Christians for the first 300 years until pagan celebrations took it’s place, and it was forced upon Christians.
The New Moon
God gave the moon as the calendar of the month in the heavens. (Gen. 1:14) The word for moon & months in the ancient language of the Bible is the same word. It will be observed in heaven (Isaiah 66:22-23)
The new moon is the appearing of the moon in the heavens. It is the first day of a new month. This is necessary to know when the three main feasts are observed.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st moon of the new year, on the 15th day-21st day)
A feast that follows the Passover, a celebration & sign of partaking in Christ’s sacrifice. Unleavened Bread was to demonstrate the old ways of the world being removed from the life who has been washed by the blood of Christ. It will be observed in heaven (Luke 22:15-18)
It was the Passover communion time that was the first thing the church in Rome stopped observing in favor of the pagan festival: easter.
The Feast of Pentecost (observed early in the 3rd moon)
It is a celebration of God’s presence uniting with His people, giving to them His law & kingdom, and by His power to bring them into relationship with Himself, as a husband does a bride.
On Mt. Sinai, God’s presence came down in fire, He gave His law as a marriage promise for His people. In the early Christian church, God gives His presence in the Holy Spirit, which came down in fire, writing His law on the heart, bringing them into marriage relationship with Christ. (Acts 2:1-3)
The Feast of Tabernacles (7th moon, 15th day to the 22nd day)
A celebration of God’s full salvation; of the time when the throne of God shall be with man forever in a newly created heavens and earth. It is a time of special of special, unbroken communion in God’s presence. It will be observed in heaven (Zechariah 14:16)
This reveals the promise of heaven; this feast’s prophetic event has not yet been fulfilled.

The Papacy adopted the pagan sabbath, which was Sunday, the traditional day of sun worship. This they freely admit:

“…pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.(29) This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true “sun”.” John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998 (Prominent protestant leaders agree with this statement – See here for a statement by Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’)

The pagans who flooded the entrance of the church were converted originally by the church converting to their laws. In an old Catholic Catechism, it is even more pronounced:

“Q. What is Sunday, or the Lord’s Day in general?

A. It is a day dedicated by the Apostles to the honour of the Most Holy Trinity…. It is also called Sunday from the old Roman denomination of Dies Solis, the day of the sun, to which it was sacred.” The Douay Catechism, (An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine) of 1649

How could they do this? They “think to change times and laws” because they “think” they have such authority to change them. Additionally, a triune understanding of God, where three divine beings were united in one divine nature, immortal, without beginning and end, was adopted to help pagans who were accustom to the triunity of divine beings in various pagan religions. These concessions from the church brought a unity between pagans and Christians that before this time would have been near impossible. This is in perfect harmony with the pagan beasts all being represented in the Catholic beast, which takes in the pagan doctrines.

3) He claims to have the authority that belongs to God.

Authority over kings: “the Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls.” 937, Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997) What does “universal power” mean?  It means power over kings for the sake of making converts, for “the common good of society”.

Infallability: What the Pope speaks in Encylical writings are legally and conscience-bound to the Christian particularly, and to the non-Christian without exception. It teaches that the Pope’s words cannot be wrong. Ex Cathedra is a Papal doctrine which teaches that “when, in the exercise of his office [the Pope] as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, (the Bishop of Rome) defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.” It teaches then that the Pope cannot be in error in faith or morals.

Authority to change God’s law: “Protestants … accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that … in observing Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the Church, the pope.” Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950

4) It must rise after 476CE, when Rome was divided into ten parts.

It arises amongst the divisions of Western Europe/Roman Empire.
It’s an interesting fact that the Papacy did rise at this time. After Constantine’s conversion in the fourth century, the prophesied falling away began to move swiftly; and with every step further into error, the greater favor it grew with the kingdoms of Rome.

It’s interesting to note that the Papacy’s political advancements began with the conversion of Constantine, and after this time, the Papacy’s rise to political favor grew more and more as it became more entrenched in the principles of paganism. It was not until 508 that the first war was waged in the name of a Catholic church/state, and it was not until 538 that the Papacy actually received the throne of the Roman empire itself, to exercise authority over the kings of Europe.

5) It’s rise to power includes uprooting three other kingdoms that stand in it’s way.
The Papacy uprooted three of the ten kings who had stood in it’s way, thus fulfilling the prophecy: “For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only he who now restrains will restrain [him], until he is taken out of the way.” (2 Thes. 2:7) These three restraining forces were signs to the Christian church of the prevailing corruption and the growing power of the Pope over the kings of the earth. The restraints were imposed by three Sabbath-keeping, non-Trinitarian kingdoms. Both the Trinity and Sunday-keeping, in the place of Sabbath and the worship of the true God, were fundamental teachings of Catholic Christianity.
i) The Visigoths: In 508, the first of these kingdoms was rooted out of it’s land by church/state authority. It was the united France, under Clovis, a pagan-king who converted to Catholicism, that declared war in the name of the church. The Visigothic people, standing in the way of France and her Catholic teachings, ran her into the corners of Europe, where she began to be swallowed up by Catholicism at last.
ii) The Vandals: In 533, the zealously Catholic emperor Justinian overcame the Vandals, and issued a decree, declaring all were to submit to the Pope, to the Most Holy Trinity, and to assume the name Catholic.
iii) The Ostrogoths: In 538, the Ostrogothic kingdom occupied the land of Rome itself. It had constantly shifted hands, and for some years, it was in the hands of Sabbathkeeping Christians. Justinian, through his general Belisarius, entered into Rome, and overcame the Ostrogoths, who were slowly hunted and exterminated. It was at this time, after the final restaint was removed at last, that Justinian delivered the throne of Rome into the hands of the Papacy, to exercise authority over Europe’s kings.

6) A man would represent this kingdom, claiming to have great authority over the kings of the Roman empire.
It is evident as we have seen, that this was remarkably and unmistakenly fulfilled only by the Pope of Rome.

7) He makes war with the saints who keep God’s laws.
After receiving this authority over the kings of the earth, those who kept the laws of God, first the Visigoths, Vandals, and Ostrogoths, and then the persecuting the people progressively more and still more.
8) He reigns for 1260 years.
It was from the time of 538CE that the Papacy took Rome, when Justinians’ General, Belisarius, overtook Rome, until 1798CE, when Napoleon’s General, Berthier, entered into Italy, into the Vatican, and took the Pope captive, and restored the Roman republic to the people. While the Popes maintained a somewhat spiritual influence, their political influence was wholly crushed underfoot. The Church had long used the sword of the state to overcome her opposers, now the prophecy regarding the Catholic beast was fulfilled: “I saw one of it’s heads, as it were, wounded to death…He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev. 13:10)

Having so long forced the people to submit to her rule or face the sword, now the sword of France, the eldest daughter of the Catholic church, was to be her worst opposer, and force her into submission. However, the prophecy does not end there for the antichrist, because antichrist, as revealed in the Papacy, has a grand final work before the end of the world.

THE GOSPEL CALL: A LIVING SACRIFICE

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THE GOSPEL KERNEL

Unless a grain of wheat dies, it abides alone...
Unless a grain of wheat dies, it abides alone…

Christ illustrates His death and resurrection in this manner: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit…” (John 12:24)

Christ is the kernel of wheat which died. He dies to give His life for the world, that through Him, the world, believing in Him, might be saved. Christ is sown into the ground, being made conformable to our death, “numbered with the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12), for it is written of Him that “one died for all” (Cor. 5:14). And what happens to that kernel of wheat after it is buried into the ground? Through the waters it is raised up, bearing on it’s body “much fruit”- that is, many more kernels of wheat. Likewise, “as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5) Christ planted us into His death; that we might be joined to Him in newness of life, for it is written, “your dead men shall live; together with My dead body shall they arise” (Isaiah 26:19). The waters of life, “the glory of the Father”, is what rose up that kernel of wheat, which is Christ, and we are told that these waters upon that Gospel Kernel was the “Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead…” (Romans 8:11). From here, we are then given the promise, by Christ, that “He (the Father) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

This wonderful truth is summarized by the Scripture: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Eph. 2:5-6) He hath raised us up in heavenly places. We are now “born of the Spirit” if we will allow sin to be finally crucified in us by fullness of belief in that great burial, and allow the risen life of that kernel to be made manifest in us, we are now children of heaven: “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20) Christ’s death and resurrection qualify this reality for us if it will be realized in our own lives by a believing heart, for “whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). If we are thus “raised up” we are also kernels of wheat, having the life that is in Christ abiding in us.

And what are kernels of wheat for? Christ said “I am that Bread of Life…” (John 6:48) Wheat is for the purpose of bread. He further states, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world….except you eat the flesh…you have no life in you… Whosoever eats My flesh…has eternal life.” (John 6:51-54) This is what it means when Christ says to “abide in Him” and for Him to “abide in you”.

A LIVING SACRIFICE: BEARING MUCH FRUIT

Now, we are kernels as Christ, the Son of man, was. The kernel may be appropriately defined as man who has divinity in him. This is so with Christ, and whosoever is joined to Him is a “partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lus

Only in dying, can the seed bring forth much fruit.
Only in dying, can the seed bring forth much fruit.

t” for “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” As Christ’s divine life is in us, we are the kernels of wheat that came from the stock of Christ, the Gospel Kernel that sprouted forth to bear “much fruit.” Likewise, we are also called to die as kernels of wheat, that much fruit would be born to God’s glory. “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:5-8) To bear “much fruit” Christ says the kernel of wheat must die. As Christ had life “by the glory of the Father”, even so, we may glorify the Father if we will have sacrificial service to bear much fruit, that many souls may be saved by the revelation of Christ in us. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

A living sacrifice. That is what the life of a Christian, raised up in heaven with Christ, is to be. Christ was that sacrifice, not only illustrated by the kernel of wheat, but also as that sacrificial “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). The lambs and sheep were always to be without spot or blemish, and they were to prophecy in their sacrifice of Christ. Christ is also the true Shepherd who speaks and His sheep follow Him. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28) Yet the shepherds of Israel had sheep in which to offer sacrifices, as well as to make garments from their wool, and supply meat. Christ, the true Shepherd. The shepherds would supply the sacrifice, and the priests were to execute the sacrifice of the slain victim. Christ as the Shepherd, supplies us, the sheep, as a living sacrifice, and He is also “a great High Priest” which executes the sacrificial service of revealing His death in us to the saving of souls. Therefore it is Christ who brings us to places where His character will be revealed; whether it is through trial and tribulation, persecution or death, all is for Christ to God’s glory. The apostle Paul, understanding this experience well, said “[We are] always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Cor. 4:10-11)

jesus shepherdThis is the purpose of a living sacrifice. The High Priest works closely with His sacrifices to bring forth much fruit. We should not think that He doesn’t work closely with us: while He works in us, He also directs the knife of circumstances and providences to slay His sacrifice to reveal the gospel through His sheep, who are a revelation of Himself. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28-31)

The affliction of the flesh, whether light or heavy, was to the eternal life of many others; and it is Christ who permits these trials to abound toward His servants that His glory may be revealed. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Cor. 4:16-17)  He concluded, “So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.” (2 Cor. 4:12-14) To be a living sacrifice is even to communicate the truths of the gospel, despite the affliction it may bring; whether of persecution, excommunication, disfellowship, or death; these are for the purpose of the saving of many souls, and bearing much fruit.

THE DEATH OF THE KERNEL: GOD’S PLEASURE

Yet it is a joy and a revelation of His glory to have this sacrifice, for which cause the apostle cause “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16) God takes joy to see the kernel of wheat die, for by it, many sons are brought to glory.

That living sacrifice, that kernel of wheat, that Christ in you, is to see that “God is well pleased.” To the Gospel Kernel, Christ, the Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And if that Son is in you by the life of the Spirit, then the sacrifice of Christ is in you to bear much fruit, which Christ our High Priest, executes when He so permits the purposes of affliction, or else great light with accountability to proclaim that light, to others: then in you is the Father “with such sacrifices…well pleased”, “for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:13-18)

Let There Be Light: The Evening and Morning Sacrifice

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All throughout the Bible, Sanctuary language is used to convey the ideas of salvation. At the beginning of man’s fall, we see the first evidence of this, when it says: “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

What do you see? A sacrifice of living faith: the Lamb of God? Or just a sacrifice?
He requires no less of us than He did of the Jewish nation in sacrifices and offerings, but what does He require?

The first animal sacrifice was slain, foreshadowing the great Sacrifice of the Son of God at Calvary. From this time onward, every morning and evening was the time God declared they were to offer this sacrifice continually, until these shadows met their object, at which time, God purposed that there should be no more death by animal sacrifices, but inasmuch as there was no more animal sacrifices, there was to be, through the death of Christ, an abolition of death, which is “now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” 1 Tim. 1:10

This was foretold in Daniel 9:27 when Christ should “cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”; that being said, sister White tells us “God requires no less of His people in these last days, in sacrifices and offerings, than He did of the Jewish nation….” Test. Vol. 2, pg. 573

So, if the sacrifices since the time of Adam, which continued throughout the time of the earthly sanctuary of the Jewish people until Christ, which sacrifices ceased at the death of Christ, there must be a better sacrifice God is desiring for us if He required no less of them, than He does of us in these last days. We’re going to look at:

 

1) The Sacrifice that God requires.

2) Why it is so important.

3) New light, that is precious old light, in the plan of redemption.

 

 

The Sacrifice that God requires:

In the Scriptures, we are told of the sacrifice that God requires, and what He does not require.

Psa 40:6  Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

 

Just like Jesus, at any time, if our ears are opened to what God is teaching through these sacrifices, pointing to a much greater object, we will realize He never desired, nor REQUIRED, the death of animals. As we seen however, there was a sacrifice God did require of His people, even from the earliest times. Of the death of animal sacrifices, we are told:

“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Hebrews 10:4

And,

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1

The death of animal sacrifices could not take away sins, nor make those who offered them perfect, so we see that there must be a better sacrifice, accessible even in those times.  Yet Jesus Christ, not being a shadow but the very object those shdows came from, was required even at those times. He is called the:

Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

It was only this Sacrifice that could take away sins, which God required of the Jewish nation, and even before this time. He is also called: “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revation 13:8) indicating that His sacrifice was good from the foundation of the world. This required sacrifice, the Lamb of God, was necessary to take away sins from the time of the very first animal sacrifice, which pointed to His death. These “shadows” could never be disconnected from their true object, or else those who offered them would receive no more benefit than the object itself could offer. In the case of the spilled blood of lambs, it meant absolutely nothing, and for those who didn’t look to the sacrifice of Christ, this visual aid could not help them in the least in bringing them to receive the blessings of His sacrifice. We are told of that Sacrifice available from the foundation of the world:

“after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:12,14

So we see that it is Christ, not the blood of animal sacrifices that God requires, which can take away sins, and which can perfect forever. Some say that it was through the law before Christ died that men were made righteous, but nothing a man could do could make him righteous; such souls do not realize that even from the first sin, Christ offered Himself as their Lamb if in faith, they would look to Him as their sacrifice. We are told that Abel offered “a better sacrifice” (Hebrews 11:4) “by faith“, and this sacrifice was the sacrifice of seeing Him who is invisible, because faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (v.1).

Yet with this required sacrifice in every dispensation of time, there was a manifestation of that sacrifice that was to be revealed in the continual evening and morning offering, as well as in the assemblies of God’s people:

“And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even; And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD:” 1 Chronicles 23:30-31

Every evening and morning offering, where they were to acknowledge the Lamb of God when bringing the animal sacrifices, was to be offered with praise and thanks. This hasn’t changed from the old testament, to the new. We are told in the epistle to the Hebrews, that the continual sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving are the sacrifices in the Lamb which God requires:

“By Him (The Lamb of God) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15

 

Even in heaven, we are told of this sacrifice from Ellen White and the book of Ezekiel:

“The temple of God is opened in heaven, and the threshold is flushed with the glory of God which is for every church that will love God and keep His commandments. We need to study, to meditate, and to pray. Then we shall have spiritual eyesight to discern the inner courts of the celestial temple. We shall catch the themes of song and thanksgiving of the heavenly choir round about the throne. When Zion shall arise and shine, her light will be most penetrating, and precious songs of praise and thanksgiving will be heard in the assemblies of the saints. Murmuring and complaining over little disappointments and difficulties will cease. . . . We shall see our Advocate offering up the incense of His own merits in our behalf. . . .

God teaches that we should assemble in His house to cultivate the attributes of perfect love. This will fit the dwellers of earth for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for all who love Him. There they will assemble in the sanctuary from Sabbath to Sabbath, from one new moon to another, to unite in loftiest strains of song, in praise and thanksgiving to Him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.” (AG, pg. 79)

 

Read the above carefully. Here is the sacrifice that God requires. Praise and thanksgiving by the Lamb of God who sits upon the throne for ever and ever; the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world a perpetual reminder of what has been accomplished for us. To praise God is to acknowledge His goodness, and to give thanks is to acknowledge the reception of something. As we see above, in the temple of God in heaven, the inner courts are opened for assembling, and giving the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. That continual faith in the Lamb, means that as He lives before God, we shall live also by Him, and we become in Him, and all we do by Him, a living sacrifice. This required Sacrifice manifested even in the inner courts in the celestial temple in heaven.

Now, we have seen that God requires a sacrifice, a continual testament to His goodness, which blessings were manifested towards God’s people, not only since the first lamb that was slain as a shadow of the True Sacrifice, but even that True Sacrifice is carried into eternity. This is exactly what we see pictured in Ezekiel’s Temple vision:

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened…And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.”  (Ezekiel 46:1,4)

The Lamb of God, the true Sacrifice, is the key to Ezekiel’s Temple vision. It is BY HIM (“the prince”) that we offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, and are made acceptable. Does this mean that we must sacrifice animal sacrifices which Christ caused to cease at the cross? No, it does not, because God never required it. God does require something though.

If you only take away the animal sacrifices, what about the evening and mornings they were tied to? As we’ll continue to see even more, it does not take away the significance of God’s appointed times for consecration and blessing because they were required from the time which God ordained them and onward, because they were (and are) necessary for a living connection with Christ: necessary for the spiritual life of the people.

 

Giving Praise and Thanksgiving unto God that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.
Giving Praise and Thanksgiving unto God that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.

 

 

New Light that is Precious Old Light:

Since such a bold statement was made regarding the evening and morning sacrifices, I want to clarify, and address, a few points on the evening and morning sacrifice.

Each morning and evening, the Israelites consecrated themselves by the blood of Christ, and the shadow of these things they participated in (the slaying of the animal) was to point forward to that Good Thing (Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God which takes away their sins), but the receiving of that Good Thing did not hinge so much on the future timing of that sacrifice in the still-to-come year, month, day, or hour. We almost wholly unanimously agree that Christ died to fulfill prophetically the specifications of both the morning and evening sacrifices, as well as the Passover, on 31 A.D. The timing of His Sacrifice, and the manner of it, were full of prophetic significance, and were essential to the plan of salvation. However, there are some who are teaching that such a sacrifice, which God requires for all men to be saved, wasn’t available until Christ actually died, but Scripture clearly calls Christ “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” That Sacrifice can be received by all who believe, whether before the cross, or after the cross, because it is given to all who believe. Those prophetic fulfillments Jesus brought about wonderfully ratified these sacrificial blessings which all had received, but it did not hinder them from ever receiving them. It is not the physical blood of Christ that we need to touch, as though the timeframe of Christ’s death could prevent those who were outside of that from receiving salvation, but it is not the time in which the shed blood of Christ occurred that makes salvation possible to some, and not possible to others. Past and future are nothing, but faith exercised in God’s appointed manner will avail much. This is where many make a grave mistake, and many strange errors about God and the gospel take up residence into the minds of people.

The Scriptures tell us of this evening and morning consecration by the blood of Christ in a prophecy:

“Unto two thousand and three hundred days (evenings & mornings); then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”

"And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true..." Daniel 8:26
“And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true…” Daniel 8:26

The original word for “days” here is evening and mornings. And in the same chapter, we read: “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true.”

How long did the prophetic period of the 2300 evenings and mornings extend? Until 1844. From the beginning of the count of the restoration of God’s people which was before Christ died, beyond the years of 31 A.D at the year of Christ’s death and resurrection. extending into 1844, to lead us into the Day of atonement. This is symbolic of the continual offering, the daily ministration that takes place for the salvation of men.

The lamb was “slain” every evening and morning, but surely we don’t say that Christ died 2300 times to bring us to 1844. He needed to only die once, and the rest of the period of time is consecrated by the blood that speaketh better things than that of Abel. In the testimonies, we read the following:

“The typical shadows of the Jewish tabernacle no longer possess any virtue. A daily and yearly typical atonement is no longer to be made, but the atoning sacrifice through a mediator is essential because of the constant commission of sin. Jesus is officiating in the presence of God, offering up His shed blood, as it had been a lamb slain. Jesus presents the oblation offered for every offense and every shortcoming of the sinner.”  (Selected Messages Volume 1 page 343)

This however, is not to say that we become carnal again every morning; but that His mercies are new every morning, because by the Lamb we live, and can come before God, being kept alive in Christ by faith through the Lamb, and entrust what was the purchase of that most precious blood for us to God our Father to finish the work He has begun in us. It also says that in preparation for His translation, ignorant sins which come to light, as He faithfully keeps us in the way, will be confessed, and cleansed of, and perfection of character will be wrought by the blood of the Lamb in it’s fullness.

Jude 1:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jude 1:25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

So let’s review:

These evenings and mornings are for-

1) Manifesting faith in the blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

2) Abiding a living sacrifice in Him, holy and acceptable.

4) By Him to offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

5) A living connection with the risen Lamb.

6) Consecration unto perfection.

 

Moving Onto Perfection: A Glorious Revelation

So we see that continual faith in the blood of the Lamb is essential for our connection. Yet there is more light to be had upon this subject.

Remember that when saying that God did not require burnt sacrifice and offerings (which are a shadows of better things contained in the law, see Hebrews 10), He also says “Mine ears hast Thou opened.” (Psalm 40:6) Christ was speaking these words, and was saying: I can truly hear what You are saying, and in these sacrifices, “it is written of Me” (Psalm 40:7) ; Christ understood His mission, and what God required of Him, yet He wants to open our ears also in Christ. The Scripture says:

 

“He wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” Isaiah 50:4-5

When He opens our understanding to the precious truths in His law, (“and I was not rebellious”) as the gospel shines forth from it, it is “morning by morning”.

Pro 8:17  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

The same words for morning are used for the morning sacrifice in the Hebrew. Also, the same words are used by Paul in the Greek form, “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day (same word for morning sacrifice in Grk.).” 2 Corinthians 4:16

We see that in Hebrews (13:15), the apostle still believes in giving sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, and we see that these were primarily the evening and morning sacrifices (1 Chron. 23:30), and that he also said we are renewed morning by morning. However, since that text from Paul seems inconclusive without more context, we’ll look at a few more texts from Paul, as well as that chapter more in depth. What more is there?

He said:

1Co 15:31  “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I die daily, and follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.
I die daily, and follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.

Therefore, he saw the daily evening and morning consecration as necessary to being consecrated in the continued outflowing of grace. It is true that we die once to sin, but yet to the flesh, we die daily, a continual dying to the way of the flesh, that the way of Christ might be manifested in us; “inwardly”, we are “renewed” morning by morning. This is how we become that living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in Him.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God (comp. Lam. 3:22-23), that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This is when we are connected with Christ’s death, associating with it so fully, that the power of sin is broken, and a greater revelation is manifested in us.

Psa 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 

Ellen White explains the purpose of the consecration sacrifice like this:

“Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.”SC, pg. 71

 

We are called to do this, that “day by day“, morning by morning, our lives “will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.” Thus, the evening and morning sacrifice will pour out the life of Christ into us, and we are made into the image of God. All this, by standing in the channel of blessing through the consecrations of our lives to the Lamb that sitteth upon the throne. What a wonder! This is the gospel, from the time of the first lamb’s sacrifice, to the perfection of the saints, and it will be the continual sacrificial song upon our lips: the song of the Lamb.

 

Now, because the Lamb of God is that continual offering by which we come unto God and are made “more and more” into His image, and He is also the Word of God by which all things “were made” (John 1:3) To see the ultimate, and full significance of the evening and morning process, we must understand these two points of His identity: that He is both Creator (The Word), and Redeemer (The Lamb).

Creative power, and redemptive power are one in the same power in the Scriptures. This the Scriptures do abundantly testify. For example:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Romans 1:16

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…” Romans 1:20

This word for power is the same word. But returning back to the chapter where Paul said “inwardly, we are renewed day by day”, the gospel can be very powerfully revealed as the same power as creation:

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

So it’s the same power. What does this mean? This Lamb, with our consecration in Him every evening and morning, when the sacrifice of sin and the flesh for the heavenly substance of much greater worth is made in choosing to walk with God, it is at this time, we see the flowing forth of His lifeblood to our souls. Because the Redemptive and Creative power are one in the same power, that power found of the lifeblood of the Lamb of God every evening and morning is the very same creative power of the Spirit/Life in the Word that transforms us. Paul testified of God, who by His creative power “commanded the light to shine out of darkness” who in His creating, declared “And the evening and the morning was the first day.” It is this redemptive and creative power, this lifeblood from the Word of God/the Lamb of God, that comes forth and makes us new morning by morning. As we awaken to the reality of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He is our Redeeming Lamb, and Creative Word, and He rejoices over us, saying “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21:5)

We are told from the beginning, regarding that Word, that “God spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” and that is to be our experience in Him, and it is why daily consecration is so vital to a living connection with Christ. Our experience therefore is now one of victory over sin; one of new life; one where the battles and the wars are won because “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

We see the evidence of this Word at creation. And when He says “And the evening and the morning were the first day”, we see beginning the creative process continuing for six days, the evening and the morning each one, and man was made in God’s image by the molding work of the hand of God, and then came the holy Sabbath rest. This is the gospel which we preach.

 

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath 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.

 

From the first Word of promise, accompanied with the first sacrifice, was to declare to all men who received His promise by faith: “Behold, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” This process is a daily process, a continual offering, that brings about a much greater revelation. This dying daily in the Lamb of God to the will of the flesh, and being renewed and empowered daily spiritually, means that the more this process unfolds, and we receive the life in the blood by faith, pouring forth from the side of our Great High Priest, the more and still more we will manifest His likeness in death, as ‘a sheep for the slaughter’ (Psalm 44:22, Rom. 8:36), ‘bearing in our body the marks of the Lord Jesus‘ (Gal. 6:17, presenting our bodies a living sacrifice Rom. 12:1), and thus will be manifesting the life of Jesus in us: it is thus, that we shall be a living revelation of Jesus Christ upon this earth to manifest His glory. By the evening and morning offering, He is not to ever be left without witnesses to His goodness upon this earth while He pleads His blood in heaven for the transgressors.

 

From the first Word of promise, accompanied with the first sacrifice, was to declare to all men who received His promise by faith: “Behold, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” This process is a daily process, a continual offering, that brings about a much greater revelation. This dying daily in the Lamb of God to the will of the flesh, and being renewed and empowered daily spiritually, means that the more this process unfolds, and we receive the life in the blood by faith, pouring forth from the side of our Great High Priest, the more and still more we will manifest His likeness in death, as ‘a sheep for the slaughter’ (Psalm 44:22, Romans 8:36), ‘bearing in our body the marks of the Lord Jesus’ (Gal. 6:17), and thus will be manifesting the life of Jesus in us: it is thus, that we shall be a living revelation of Jesus Christ upon this earth to manifest His glory. There is coming a day, when every heart will be manifested: the crucified with Christ and the crucifiers of Christ: they will be known by their fruit. So we can take comfort in His power to save, that by the evening and morning offering, He is not to ever be left without witnesses to His goodness upon this earth while He pleads His blood in heaven for the transgressors.

To clarify: All of this does not teach that Christ dies more than once, as some might be tempted to charge me with, but that at all times, man is dependent upon the blood of that One required sacrifice to make salvation possible, and to perfect us forever, and that that blood is available, while there is a Mediator between God and man, at any time, whether past or future. To put it more simply, His blood is the foundation of our new life, from Adam until the last soul saved at last, and the longer we continue in newness of life, this will always be the case: a continual testament to the infinite sacrifice of our God, and the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.

od, and the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Let His power be revealed, His goodness displayed.
Let His power be revealed, His goodness displayed.

A Cage of Every Filthy Bird and Every Unclean Spirit: A United Nations of Religions

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In a recent meeting between former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, and the ecumenical Pope Francis, a great fulfillment of prophecy has begun to take force. It is no surprise that after every world war, there are massive peace initiatives made that tend to bring the inhabitants of the earth further from the horrors that occurred in the dark ages, and to the horrors and atrocities of wars. The pope that has the world mesmerized has, according to BBC News, said the following:

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said.

This he said in reaction to the religious conflict that is raging in the middle east.  At the same time, the meeting with Peres and the Papacy took place. What was said at that time will show itself to be, at least, the spirit of the time, and at most, a great advance towards the papacy’s revival of persecution.

 

Francis & Peres
Francis & Peres

 

In the meeting, Shimon Peres, having newly retired from the presidency of Israel, is pursuing a new project. Peres, who has said that he believes that this new pope represents “a continent which is now awakening” said the following to the Pope:

“The U.N. has had its day,” Peres said. “What we need is an organization of religions, a United Nations of religions. It would be the best way to fight these terrorist who kill in the name of faith, because the majority of people are not like them, practice their religion without killing anyone, even without thinking about it.”

Regarding the proposal, Fox News reported that “Francis promised the Vatican’s attention to the proposal.”

The concept appears to be innocent at a quick glance, however, Christ has clearly said that Christians are not to be involved in any such thing. Religious freedom is a clear and well-defined principle of the gospel. Even when Christ was put to death by His own, which “received Him not”, He went as a lamb to the slaughter. When His disciples desired to call down fire from heaven to destroy those who wouldn’t receive Jesus. Hear Jesus words:

“For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:56

Hear also the language used by Peres: “The United Nations has had it’s day…” Thus comparing the goals of the United Nations to the goals of this United Nations of Religions. When the United Nations was established, it was to secure the protection of each nations individuality, save those who war against the member nations. The declaration of the UN is as follows:

“(1) Each Government pledges itself to employ its full resources, military or economic, against those members of the Tripartite Pact and its adherents with which such government is at war.
(2) Each Government pledges itself to cooperate with the Governments signatory hereto and not to make a separate armistice or peace with the enemies.”

If a united religious body was to bring it’s full consensus against religious groups that differed from said body, under a defacto religious unity that brings the influence of the Papacy to a greater measure of the much boasted “moral authority” over the deceived nations. Francis has not shied away from declaring how he regards the extremism of Islamist terrorists as dangerous as fundamental Christians who believe the Bible literally.

“There are these small (radical or terrorist) groups,” the pontiff stated. “It would be a good thing if all Muslim leaders, whether they be political or religious leaders, say clearly that they condemn that because this would help the majority of the Muslim people to say no.”

Francis asserted that it is wrong to consider Islam a terrorist religion, and compared it to considering all Christians to be “fundamentalists.”

“Sincerely, I think we can’t say that all Muslims are terrorists,” he stated.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists,” the pontiff continued. “We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups.”

That being said, what does prophecy say about this movement to usher in a united religious movement?

In the Great Controversy, we read of just such a movement:

“The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.

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. 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. {GC 589.1}” GC, pg. 589

Coexist- "but on Satan's terms."
Coexist- “…but on Satan’s terms.”

Satan’s new and more exalted system of religious faith, uniting in one body those bound up in his deceptions, is nothing less than “spiritualism”. In spiritualism, the deception is generally presented as being able to partake of the blessings of life, without any obligation to obey God’s requirements. For instance, you can have health, and wholeness, but also eat pork, and refined sugars, and smoke cigarettes.

The Bible warns us about when Israel apostasized, and mingled with the heathen, warning us of the dangers of uniting with them in any manner:

“But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.” Psalm 106:35-36

It was a snare to them to come to close to the heathen, that they joined with them in worship; the warning given to those that “pleased themselves in the children of strangers”:

“Therefore Thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob… they please themselves in the children of strangers.” Isaiah 2:6

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth😉 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph. 5:6-11)

The Bible is clear not to be joined with “the children of disobedience”, not partaking in the wrath of God, but God has “made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:12). Part of this promise, included partaking of the divine nature, which includes the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit, as we just read, is found in truth, but where the deceptions of spiritualism are, there is darkness, and unfruitfulness, and wrath. How can we possibly join with them?

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” 1 Cor. 6:15-17

We are not to join ourselves to become part of the body of a harlot, but the Catholic church is a system of great apostasy, which has sold the truth for lies and temporal power; no true Christian can partake of her, without consenting to her sins. Furthermore, we read:

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:14-18

Unequally yoked; a match made in the heart of the prince of darkness.
Unequally yoked; a match made in the heart of the prince of darkness.

These are the councils that we read in the Bible, not to join with them, and not to be partakers with them, or consenting with them in their deeds. The prophesied United Nations of Religions would be doing exactly this. We cannot join ourselves with the great harlot of Revelation, and keep the favor of God, because she openly disobeys the gospel, not obeying the truth, but seduce all to walk in disobedience to God’s laws. A call to repentance is to be given by the Elijahs of today, calling men to remember God’s law, and set before them the blood of the new covenant, inviting them to be purified by hearkening to the Word of God, while calling them out of this unlawful union with the harlot, who has ensnared nearly the whole world in her cage of false unity:

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers (Grk: participate/fellowship) of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”

The Union of the Children of Disobedience: The cage of every filthy bird and every unclean spirit.
The Union of the Children of Disobedience: The cage of every filthy bird and every unclean spirit.

Fearful are the results of this great harlot’s cup of communion, we are told that she is burnt with fire. Of this woman of desolation and bondage, we are given a glimpse at the contrast between God’s precious bride and her children, and the unfaithful harlot, and her children in the words that our God consoles His bride, His Jerusalem, saying:

 

The prophets of Baal are more than the Elijahs, but the true Elijah will keep the Word of God.
The prophets of Baal are more than the Elijahs, but the true Elijah will keep the Word of God.

“more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD….And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together (the children of the desolate), but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. (Isaiah 54:1,13-16)

Another illustation of this union and it’s judgment is given:

“So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:27-30

The separation has begun...
The separation has begun…

This is the great prophetic movement, where the wheat and the tares are separated: the time of the harvest, which is the time of the latter rain, as well as the time of the plagues! (Zech. 14)

For those who are bound in that bundle, it is for the appointed judgment. We read that here:

“And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.” Leviticus 21:9

“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” Rev. 17:16

 

“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!”

Daniel 8 pt. 2: The Cleansing of the Sanctuary

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“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” (Daniel 8:13-14)

In the last article (which you can read here), we showed that the vision’s time prophecy began during the pagan kingdom of Medo-Persia, symbolized by a sacrificial animal of the sanctuary, a ram of consecration in 457BC. Then a rough goat arose, with it’s various horns, symbolized by the pagan kingdom of Grecia. Then there arose a little horn, which had two distinct phases, pagan Rome and Papal Rome. The work of Papal Rome effectively enshrined transgression which made the work of the gospel and the heavenly sanctuary of no effect; and persecuted the saints of the Most High God. It was shown how the whole system of Papal Rome is in fact a counterfeit system to the heavenly Sanctuary; having a different priesthood, a different law, and claims to literally crucify Christ afresh from one week to another in the Mass. Hence, the entirety of the vision dealt with “the daily and the transgression of desolation” among God’s people, and how the heavenly Sanctuary was to be made right, as it was in the beginning, before the entrance of sin and the apostasy of His people.
What does it mean that the Sanctuary should be cleansed/justified? The first point is that it is to make the Sanctuary right as it was before it was polluted through apostasy among His people. But it is more than this. To justify or to cleanse the Sanctuary was a special event coinciding with Christ’s High Priestly ministerial duties in 1844 which would make a final end to the separation which sin had wrought forever. The Sanctuary service was not only a symbolic revelation of Christ’s sacrifice and priestly ministry, but it also revealed the separation which sin has brought between our God and man.

THE INIQUITY OF THE SANCTUARY

Says the Scripture, “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:2). Two veils separated the worshippers where the sacrifices were slain for sin continually and the throne of God in the Most Holy place. When the priest, represented as a man, drew near to God, it was through the washing of water and having evidences of sacrifice for sin. This would permit the priest, who represents man, to enter into the Sanctuary. However, if a priest entered into the sanctuary having sin, he would die (Exodus 28:43). So it is for those who profess to be Christians; if they partake of Christ’s sacrifice but do not die to sin through the power of His cross, eternal death is the sure result.
After the man had laid his hand on the head of the lamb, he would pray and confess the sins to God which would symbolically be transferred to the sacrifice. He was to confess that the wages of sin was death, and look through the sacrifice provided by God for his sins and see a picture of the Messiah-to-come to keep his faith alive in the appearing of the true Lamb of God. The priests were to eat of the sacrifices after they were laid upon the altar of burnt offering; signifying that they were taking the burden for man’s sin upon themselves, to stand between God and man, acting as a mediator, and pleading the blood of the sacrifice. Yet those who were guilty of sin were separated from God, the Source of life, and their voice was as the voice of the guilty soul before the judge. As a result, their voices would symbolically be carried before God through the intercession of the innocent priest. Thus the priests were to represent Christ in baring the sins of the transgressors into the Sanctuary; that of the voice of Sanctified Innocency which may come before God to receive mercy on behalf of others; in this manner “He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
Yet only the high priest, who represented all of Israel, would enter once a year into the most sacred apartment of the sanctuary. Aaron, the first high priest of the earthly sanctuary was to wear upon his head a mitre, a plate of pure gold, with the engraved words in Hebrew “Holiness To Jehovah” as a continual witness to the innocency of Christ’s high priestly ministry; “And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before Jehovah.” (Exodus 28:38)
Thus, the sins which were borne on the priests was called “the iniquity of the sanctuary” (Number 18:1). Anciently, when God was giving the pattern of the sanctuary to Israel, it was in His heart to make all of Israel “a kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6) to proclaim the gospel, and bear the iniquity of the gentiles who turned to Christ. But when Israel had sinned in erecting a golden calf idol of Egyptian sun worship, they disqualified themselves; “because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you should be no priest to Me” (Hosea 4:6). Only the one tribe, the Levites, who remained innocent, were permitted to be priests. We are told that those who were not innocent that they were not permitted into the sanctuary, lest they should die. “Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.” (Numbers 18:22) For this cause, the innocent priesthood, as a shadow of the Innocent Priestly Ministry of Christ, was “to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before Jehovah.” (Leviticus 10:17) Therefore in the shadow, it was demonstrated that the sacrifice itself, which was the blood of the atonement, was insufficient without the effectual intercession of the priest to plead it’s merits.

THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY EXPLAINED

The iniquity of the Sanctuary were symbolically transferred by the priest throughout the year into the holy place where they ministered. Yet only once a year would the high priest enter into the most sacred portion of the sanctuary. Man coming into the presence of God in innocency; a manner which no man has been permitted since the fall of Adam and Eve. The symbolism was striking, and filled with hope. The representative of the people of God, symbolizing all of the people and bearing all of their iniquities before God, was to make a final end of the iniquity of the sanctuary.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.” (Leviticus 16:2)
The mercy seat was the place of Jehovah, the Most High God’s throne. Underneath it was the tables of stone containing the Ten Commandments; and the law at it’s right hand with it’s statutes and judgments. This law witnessed against the transgressor, that his portion was cursing and death unless restored to the blessing of life in obedience to God. The High Priest was not permitted to enter in at any time during the year; but only at the end of the year would he come before the Most High God to make atonement for the sins of the entire year which were past. By the entrance of the High Priest into the Holiest part of the Sanctuary, the sins of the entire year which were transferred symbolically into the holy place were transferred into the Most Holy place.
This day was called the Day of Atonement. If the one who confessed their sins had still continued in his sins and had not forsaken them by the end of the year, or else if he had died before the end of the year without confessing or forsaking them, he was numbered with the transgressors of God’s law, and his name was cut off from receiving the benefits of the atonement. “For whatsoever soul it is that shall not be humbled in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.” (Leviticus 23:29) Thus, he was left without the sweet shelter of mercy because he refused to let go of his sins. Yet all of this was symbolic of the heavenly sanctuary and the work of Christ.
When Christ entered into the holy place when He ascended, the sins of the previous four thousand years were transferred into the holy place. Many believe that when Christ bore our sins on the cross, that this put an end to the sin problem forever. This was the blood of the atonement, yet Christ had a much fuller work to complete according to the design of the Sanctuary to complete the work of atonement for those who had by faith claimed His atoning blood on their behalf. The Papal power, in claiming that the atonement was finished entirely at the cross, brought the doctrine of this earth now being the kingdom of Christ, in which the popes were to reign as kings and priests. Yet this was not only a misapplication of Scripture, but a misunderstanding which was rooted in a darkened understanding of the sanctuary: what the atonement truly was and when it was to be completed.
Though the believing soul may have died before the year end Day of Atonement, his sins which he confessed upon the head of the sacrifice were still symbolically transferred into the sanctuary to be dealt with once-and-for-all at the year’s end. “For it is the day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Jehovah your God.” (Leviticus 23:28) This was the shadow of the true object, the true atonement, that is to be completed in heavenly places through Christ. Remember this. That just because Christ had not died yet, did not make His death any less essential to save the souls who by faith believed in His coming for four-thousand years. Likewise, just because they had died before the final work of atonement in the heavenly sanctuary was completed did not make it unessential for Christ to accomplish this on their behalf when He entered into the heavenly Sanctuary.
Thus, with the sins of the people confessed and being laid upon Christ, He entered into the Sanctuary bearing these sins for them to plead the merits of His blood. “And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.” (Leviticus 16:16)

It was this uncleanness that entered into the Sanctuary throughout the year that must be atoned for. The priest, taking the blood of the sacrifice, would take his finger and anoint the Most holy place and sprinkling the blood of the atonement on the throne above the law. And the holy place, at the altar where intercession was made for the children of Israel throughout the year would be anointed with blood seven times. “And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.” (Leviticus 16:18-19) Then it is said that He “hath made an end of reconciling the holy…”
“It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these… but now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself: and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment: so Christ was once offered to ebar the sins of many: and unto them that look for Him, shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:23-28)

THE TIMING OF THE CLEANSING

We are told unto 2300 days, then would the Sanctuary be cleansed. This cleansing/justification of the Sanctuary that the people for the last six thousand years may receive the honors of the atonement if they were found worthy began in 1844. This was when the judgment hour began in heaven; when our High Priest came before the Ancient of days.
“Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall humble your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:27)
The tenth day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar was one of the seven sanctified times of sacred worship, set apart by Jehovah Himself, which we spoke of in the last article, called in the ancient Hebrew “moedim”. Yet much more than sacred times of worship, these contained prophetic shadows of Christ’s High Priestly ministry within the ceremonies which occurred on those very times.
Anciently, when the Passover was slain, it was on the fourteenth day of the first month. This pointed to the exact time of Christ’s death on the celestial calendar used by the Hebrews. When every evening and every morning, the worshippers would gather and face the sanctuary, it signified the exact time when Christ would be laid upon the cross, during the morning sacrifice (“the third hour” Mark 15:25) and died upon the cross (“the ninth hour” Matthew 27:45-46). On Pentecost, Christ was anointed in heaven as our High Priest anew, after His sacrifice was accomplished and He was raised from the dead (Compare Psalm 133:1-2 & Acts 2:1-2).
It should then come as no surprise to us that Christ entered into the heavenly Sanctuary’s Most Holy place to begin the cleansing/justification of the Sanctuary, and forever removing sin and it’s walls of separation from the Redeemed, to occur not only in 1844, but on the very time specified in the sacred times which were set-apart by Jehovah.
Yet to the religious class in the days when Christ was to fulfill the Passover, many among the religious would not receive the light. Yet it was perfectly declared to the very year in Daniel 9 and to the very day in the sacred times of worship. Yet Christ said to the Pharisee Nicodemus, who was among the unbelieving religious class, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” (John 3:12)

THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT

Therefore, the cleansing of the Sanctuary is the atonement of the people of God being fully accomplished in the last great work of our High Priest in heaven.
In 1844, on the Day of Atonement, which fell on October 22nd, Christ entered into the Most Holy place. Thus we see a great judgment scene taking place, where “the judgment is set, and the books were opened.” (Dan. 7:10) Scripture declares this time to be “the hour of His judgment” (Rev. 14:6-7) when every case will be decided. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment;” those who died have their cases going up in review in the heavenly tribunal, where we are told ten thousand times ten thousand cases are represented before the inhabitants of heaven. Those who had confessed and forsook their sins were to have their names retained in the book of the living. If they had not forsaken their sins, though they made a profession of faith, like Caiaphas, the chief priest who led out the crucifixion of Christ, their sins will remain on the record as a witness against them in the last day, forever shutting them out from the throne of God; forever separated from communion with God and Christ, and to suffer everlasting punishment of destruction. They have not received the atonement.
Yet for those living in the great Day of Atonement which began in 1844, it calls for great humility of heart. When the cases pass from the dead to the living, as the angelic host investigated the cases of the Sodom and Gomorrah before any judgment was executed, so it will be now. Likewise, the investigative judgment of the living is not the judgment of the dead. For the living must undergo a special work of cleansing from all uncleanness to have their sins atoned for. “For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.” (Leviticus 16:30)
Christ, as our High Priest, is to purify and perfect His people, that “He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:27)
However, many among the living have very little idea of what Christ is doing in heaven. That the cleansing of the Sanctuary is taking place. That everlasting decisions are being ratified in heaven if the blood of the atonement is not permitted to take away our sins. Very few have any realization of the priestly portion of the atonement, and the work that is to take place at this present time. More still believe in the blood of the atonement, but take no knowledge of the Sanctuary, and the law which the Papacy has defiantly changed. They have seen the death and resurrection of Christ, but detached from it’s true setting, the great significance of His death is not discerned.
But soon, very soon, just before Christ’s return, every decision will have been made for life or death, blessing or cursing. Then the decree will be pronounced by Christ: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be…Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” (Revelation 22:11-15) The Sanctuary being cleansed, separation will be ended between the people of God who have been declared righteous and holy; the redemption plan complete for the souls that will be saved, those who have not been cleansed shall have no opportunity to embrace the gospel any longer. Thus was the angel proclaiming the hour of God’s judgment described as having “the everlasting gospel” (Rev. 14:6); everlasting in it’s effects and a judgment which would cause the people of God to inherit the everlasting blessing, and the cursed to be destroyed with everlasting destruction. Said the apostle John of the conclusion of this work, “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”(Revelation 22:3-4)

TWO CLASSES DEVELOPED

Among the living, these will be two great classes developed as expressed by the parable of the sheep and the goats. One class will believe in the atonement, but will not have been cleansed from sin, therefore did not receive the blessing of the atonement, which is everlasting life and right to the tree of life. To this class, it shall be said, “Depart ye cursed into everlasting fires prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). The other will also believe in the atonement, but will be cleansed by divine power from every defilement and rottenness of character, will enter into the everlasting blessings of being joint-heirs with Christ, and will reign as sons of God in the kingdom of God for eternity. To this class, it shall be said “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34)
For this cause, the goat is the symbol employed by the horns that come from the kingdom of Greece, from which the power of Rome waxed great, absorbing all other kingdoms, and waxed unto heaven in the Papacy. Many shall profess the atonement, but shall not be affected by that profession.
As transgressors, man was driven out from the tree of life, and two cherubim were set at the tree to signify that man was barred from eternal life in their transgressions. These two cherubim were set at either side of the mercy seat, the throne of God in the Sanctuary. Thus was the presence of the Most Holy God, the Source of immortality, equated with the tree of life for mankind. To have “right to the tree of life” means a right to dwell once more in the presence of the God who created us, and redeemed us from all evil.

GABRIEL CONCLUDES THE MATTER

“And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.” (Daniel 8:26)
The vision is called the vision of the evening and the morning; or the vision of the continual/daily. The pagan powers were further symbolized by the Ram and the Goat. And the prophecy of the slain Lamb of God was found in Daniel 9, serving as a key to understanding the date and the event-to-occur when the end of the vision of the evening and morning, which is the Day of Atonement, would take place. It was this knowledge that was shut up for so long, but which is now shining in bright, clear rays of heavenly light from the Throneroom of God. Through the sure word of prophecy, we see our High Priest ministering on our behalf; while much of the world has lost sight of Him; let us determine to fix the eye of faith upon Him and cooperate with His purpose. The testimony of this prophecy declares that the end of all things is at-hand, and that each of us must get our hearts and houses in order; for the events prophesied to take place just before the return of Christ are now all around us. “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” (Matthew 24:33)

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Unlocking the Feasts of Prophecy III: The Prophetic Pentecost

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PENTECOST

 

The feast of Pentecost was to be on the fiftieth day after the first festal sabbath of unleavened bread. “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:15-16) From the time of firstfruits, seven sets of seven were to be numbered, and the fiftieth day was to “offer a new meat offering”. On this day was the wheat harvest. The firstfruits of the wheat harvest were to be waved similarly to the sheaf of barley, however, after they were ground to a fine flour they were baked into two loaves with leaven to be waved by the priest before God.

Pentecost always fell upon the third month of the year. “In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.” (Exodus 19:1) For ancient Israel, this means the Pentecost season fell upon the time when God descended in fire upon the mountains of Sinai, where He covenanted in their obedience to make them “a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation”. This was the season after which God would instruct Moses for forty days regarding things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, giving him His laws, and instructing him regarding his priesthood and sanctuary that His presence might dwell among the people.

Moreover, the children of Israel “gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa…And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul…And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.”

(2 Chronicles 15:10) We are further told at the time of the wheat harvest that a great covenant was made, assuring the people of the favor, blessing, and presence of God. At this time, idolatry was removed from the kingdom of Judah, and Maachah, queen mother of Asa, was removed from her throne for her wicked idolatry.

But the prophetic importance of Pentecost , while drawing parallels to these events, far outweighs either of them. Today, many believe that the significance of Pentecost was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostolic church. This is true, yet there is a greatly important event that Pentecost commemorates which has received little attention, and has been almost wholly forgotten.

THE PROPHETIC PENTECOST

We are given a definite timeline of the Messiah in the fifty day count from the day of firstfruits that we may follow. We are told to the disciples, Jesus “shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” (Acts 1:3-5)
Christ had promised that they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost “not many days hence”. It was the evening of the day of Firstfruits that Christ appeared to His disciples, and forty days he remained with them. And from this time forward, we are told, “
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” (Mark 16:19-20) But Christ, when He ascended, was not immediately set on the right hand of God, neither did the apostles immediately go forth to preach everywhere, being confirmed with signs.
When Christ ascended into heaven, there was a great event that was first to take place before the disciples would “be baptized with the Holy Ghost” nine days later on the day of Pentecost.
To understand what event took place, we must study carefully the Pentecost event where the disciples were “endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
We are told “when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:1-3) This was the baptism which Christ had promised was poured out on the disciples when they were of one accord. This baptism, as foretold by John the baptist, who said the Messiah would “baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Matt. 3:11), was given by Christ as a earthly signal of a heavenly event.
These were of one accord, not only with one another, but with Christ in heavenly places. It was Christ’s prayer that we might be one, even as the Father and the Son are one. “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…” (John 17:23) The unity that prevailed was prophesied to happen upon Pentecost; in fact, every year as the Israelites sojourned from their lands to gather to Jerusalem, it was prophesied in one of the ancient Psalms of David.
King David wrote a number of Psalms called “The Songs of Ascent”. These songs were prophetic in nature, but also symbolized the sacred joy and union that was to exist amongst the various tribes coming together to celebrate the feast. One of the Psalms sung as the tribes journeyed forward to Jerusalem is found in Psalm 133. It reads:

A Song of Ascent.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” (Psalms 133:1-3)

It is indeed good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity; in one accord. And notice what this unity is likened to. “It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard…”. What event was being drawn upon by David’s Psalm to describe this unity? It was the inaugeration of the priesthood, with the sanctuary and it’s services.

“Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the gar­ments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering; … and gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the con­gregation…. And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the Lord commanded to be done.” (Lev. 8:2-5)

The God of heaven had specifically instructed that Moses should hold this inaugeral ceremony, by anointing Aaron as high priest, and his sons with him to officiate in the priestly office. Moreover,

“Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, . . . to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.” (Lev. 8:10-12)

How was this event to relate to what happened upon Pentecost? Moses was representing God the Father, and Aaron was representing the Voice of the Father, who would officiate as High Priest.

“And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee as God to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” (Exodus 7:1)

Moses was to represent in a shadow form of God the Father exalting Christ as a man to His right hand, to officiate in the High Priestly office in the garb of humanity. While Aaron and Moses were brothers, being one in unity, they were to display also that higher unity which exists between the Father and the Son. And as it was not to Aaron alone, but also his sons who were anointed to officiate with him, it was not to Christ alone, but also to the firstfruits of His resurrection would the priestly robes of white linen be given.

“Thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him ; that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office. And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats : and thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto Me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.” Ex. 40: 13-15

Let the scene come before your mind. The Father arraying Christ His Son as a man, bearing the marks of the crucifixion, with His High Priestly garments of divine righteousness. Then setting the firstfruits with Him with the fine linen coats of the priests of the sanctuary and anointing the Son with His Holy Spirit, and the Son anointing the priests of the Father for service In the earthly picture, the anointing ceremony took a total of seven days in the tabernacle: “And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you. …Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD…: for so I am commanded.” (Leviticus 8:33-35)

And on the eighth day, the fire of the presence of God came into the midst of the congregation:
“And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said unto Aaron…to day the LORD will appear unto you…And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD. And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you…And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.”  (Leviticus 9:1-2)

Miraculously, this reveals the exact timeline of the Pentecost feast. Christ revealed Himself to the the disciples at the end of the first day of the 50 day count to Pentecost, which was where the second day of the fifty begins. He taught the disciples forty days, bringing us to forty-two days. He ascended into heaven for the consecration ceremony, taking seven more days, and on the eighth day, the Spirit of God, like fire, came out from heaven and was poured out upon the waiting saints.

THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER

Does this speak true to the Biblical record of events regarding Pentecost? Unquestionably yes! As soon as this heavenly ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from before the world was. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.
Christ declared to the council of the chief priests before His crucifixion, “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.” (Luke 22:69) In the testimony of the apostles, they confirm this event with their words. Testifying that Christ is now set at the “right hand of the power of God”, signifying His reception of the power of God given Him from the Father (Matt. 28:18).
“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:33-36)
According to this testimony, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the disciples was the earthly sign that Christ, after His resurrection as the Son of man, had been inaugurated as our Royal High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary! We are told, like as Aaron was anointed with the oil representing the Spirit of God, that Christ was “anointed with the oil of gladness above His companions” (Ps. 45:7, Heb. 1:9). It was further stated that His exaltation to the right hand of the power of God was intimately connected to His priestly ministration.
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool… Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalms 110:1-4)
That the right hand of God is specifically a reference to Christ’s high priestly ministry cannot be overlooked by those who carefully study the Scriptures. Paul the apostle equates it to this several times. First, with the priestly intercession of Christ: “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) Then in Hebrews, it continues this theme in connection with His perfect priestly offering of laying down His own life for sin, rather than mere sacrifices of bulls and goats which can never take away sin. “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;” (Hebrews 10:11-12)
And again, “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:1-2) Do you see that the right hand of power was the day when Christ received His priestly designation from the Father on the Day of Pentecost?
We are told when He sat on the right hand of God, after His ascension that we should know “what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places…And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ephesians 1:19-23)
Thus Christ’s power and life were to fill the body of Christ, of whom He is the head over His church.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Ephesians 4:8) We looked at Ephesians 4:8 earlier. It said He took a band of captivies into heavenly places with Him, but then it tells us He “gave gifts unto men”. What gifts were given? The gifts of the Spirit for the edifying of the body of Christ! This manifestation of the gifts was given on the Day of Pentecost as Christ had promised to them, that we might successfully do the work He has called us to do on this earth. More than this, Ephesians 4 speaks about the unity of the body that is to exist in the first six verses, that we might know the prerequisite to receiving a large measure of His Spirit and power dwelling in the church. The unity that existed between Moses and Aaron, and that exist between the Father and His beloved Son is to prevail amongst the brethren in the church. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” This is what is commemorated on Pentecost, and it is for this unity that we are to strive towards.

ENTERING THE HOLY PLACE

Where did Christ go on this day of Pentecost? After the four thousand years of the courtyard experience, preparing His people to understand the truth regarding His death as the Passover Lamb, He entered into beyond the veil of the Holy place of the Sanctuary. We are told that our hope is “within the veil; where the forerunner has for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek.”
This apartment was entered into by the priests, after they had slain the lambs, that they might do the special service in preparing the congregation to receive the finishing work of the atonement at the end of the year. While the sanctuary on earth was made with man hands, the Lord pitched the heavenly tabernacle Himself of which the earthly was but a model.
We are told “
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the representations of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us… (Hebrews 9:24)
Although entering beyond the veil, and hidden from the sight of the congregation, nevertheless, the people were to, by faith, be represented with the priest who was interceding on their behalf. Especially was the high priest commanded to do a special work in the holy place throughout the entire year. He was to pour forth the pure olive oil for the seven-branched candlestick to keep the candlesticks burning continually, that there might be unceasing light. “Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually…” (Leviticus 24:2-3)
In the book of Revelation, Christ is introduced to us as having ascended into the heavenly sanctuary. When you enter into the holy place, on the south side of the Sanctuary, there was seen the seven-branch candlestick. We are told that “the seven candlesticks…are the seven churches.” (Rev. 1:20) Thus, Christ is continually giving to His church the reproofs necessary that they might receive access to the precious anointing oil of His Holy Spirit.

ANOTHER WITNESS TO CONFIRM THE TESTIMONY

Not only the priests, but the entire tabernacle was anointed for service when Aaron and his sons were anointed. In a perfectly laid out time prophecy in Daniel 9, we are introduced to this reality again. In the great 70 week prophecy, where 490 years are determined upon Jerusalem and the people of Judah. This prophecy went from 457 BC at the decree of king Artexerxes to restore and build Jerusalem, establishing it’s governmental authority, and continuing until 34 AD, after Messiah the Prince was rejected by the tribe of Judah. In this prophecy, a certain experience was to take place within this alloted period of years. One of the points that were to be fulfilled in this time was to “anoint the Most Holy” (Dan. 9:24).
The tabernacle God instructed Moses to build and anoint was an earthly model representing a heavenly tabernacle. “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:1-2)

Two Loaves of Leaven

Not all leaven is bad. Leaven is a raising agent. On Pentecost, the priest was commanded to wave two loaves of the firstfruits of the wheat harvest. These two loaves of bread were filled with leaven. Many however, in interpretting the prophetic symbolism, are suggesting that this means there is corruption in something the priest offers to God.
On the day of Pentecost, did Christ offer something full of corruption to God? The wheat harvest symbolizes the salvation of souls. The firstfruits are offered in a loaf of leaven to signify the Kingdom of God in the church.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” (Matthew 13:33)

Christ had on the Day of Pentecost two groups who were newly filled with the Kingdom of God. For forty days, He had taught His disciples the things of the Kingdom of God. Like the wheat loaf filled with leaven, these were filled with the knowledge of God and were presented, filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Said James, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (James 1:18)
When ascending into heaven, He had carried the captive firstfruits of the harvest to the Kingdom, to minister as a royal priesthood there. These also were symbolic of the firstfruits of the harvest, and filled with the Kingdom of God, being anointed for ministry with our heavenly High Priest, who was “anointed…with the oil of gladness above his companions.” (Heb. 1:9)

Daniel 8 pt. 1: The Vision of The Daily & The Desolation

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“In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.” (Daniel 8:1-2)

REMEMBERING THE VISION

Daniel recalled the vision of Daniel 7; thereby showing a connection between chapter 7 & 8.

“A vision appeared unto me…after that which appeared unto me at the first.” Here Daniel recounts having a vision during the reign of the king of Babylon before it fell into the hands of the Medo-Persians. This vision followed the vision of chapter seven, where Daniel had seen the rise and fall of kingdoms, and a great judgment scene taking place after the rise of the antichrist power, which by more than nine counts is easily identifiable with the Papacy. The Papacy made claims to sit on the throne of David in the place of Christ, and having the authority of Christ, exercised persecuting power againsts the saints of God. He even made many boasts of having the authority to change the divine law ordained in heaven at will. Thus was the great judgment scene opened in heaven, and Christ came to truly be seated upon the Throne of David. After this heavenly coronation scene, he would execute the judgment of the law which the Pope had presumed was in his power to alter.

THE VISION OF DANIEL

The vision where Daniel finds himself is in the king’s palace of Susa (Shushan), which would be the capital of the Elamite Persians who would rule after Babylon was overthrown. Similar to Babylon, which had by it the river Euphrates running through it, Shushan had the Persian river Ulai. In this vision, after Daniel “had seen the vision”, he “sought for the meaning” and it was given to him. In fact, throughout the entire book of Daniel, this is a pattern we will see repeating. A prophecy is given, and he seeks for understanding, and more understanding is given. Therefore, as we explain the vision that Daniel saw, we will also look at the understanding that was to be given.
In fact, the interpretation came from the “a Man” who repeatedly commands Gabriel to give Daniel understanding. It will be seen in a later prophecy of Daniel that this “Man” is none other than Christ Himself. “And I heard the Man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.” (Daniel 8:16) Then Gabriel came, and said, “Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end is the vision. Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed, the end is.” (Dan. 8:17-19)
Gabriel gives us a few important details from the outset of the vision that needs to be understood. The vision that is revealed shall bring us to the end of the indignation which is upon the people of God. In fact, word for “time appointed” is the Hebrew word “moedim”, which is the same word for God’s appointed times of worship. In the Tabernacle which the Most High instructed Moses to make to reveal a compact view of the plan of redemption, that tabernacle was called “The Tabernacle of the Congregation”, or in the ancient Hebrew, the Tabernacle of the Moedim.
So the vision should reveal several details about the “end” of the “indignation”; called “the time of the end”. This is not a prophecy predicting the end of the world, but a divinely appointed time in which rebellion would be put down. More than this, like the congregation anciently assembled at the Tabernacle on the times appointed, cooperating with the divine pattern of the law, God’s people would have to both recognize and cooperate with the divine purposes at the time appointed when the indignation would end.

THE RAM

“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.”(Daniel 8:3)

What was this ram which had two horns, one higher than the other, which pushed west, north, and south? The angel Gabriel tells us that “the ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.” (v. 20) Historically, we see the Persian dominance in the Medo-Persian empire. Cyrus, the Persian monarch, in honor for his uncle Darius who was a Mede, had given him the chief honors in the kingdom, but this last until his death only after a few years. Yet the Persian leadership of the empire was predominant.
You may recall in our last article that the Medo-Persian empire was represented as a bear with three ribs. Likewise, the Ram’s charge “westward, northward, and southerward” were Babylon to it’s west, Lydia to it’s north, and Egypt to it’s south. Yet Medo-Persia was known for pushing even further west to the Greeks by the Persian king Darius, and greatly stirred up by Artexerxes with one of the largest ancient armies ever assembled.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RAM

The ram is significant in Bible history. The ram was the animal caught in the bushes when Abraham’s faith was tested to see if he would obey God in giving up his only-begotten son. The ram was sacrificed in the place of Isaac as a sign of the work of the Messiah, who would redeem His people. We are told that the mountain which he offered upon was in “Moriah”, the same land where “Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah” (2 Chronicles 3:1)
Mount Moriah, the mountain where Abraham was tested and the ram was sacrificed was the same Mount Zion upon which the Temple was built. This is significant because when the Aaronic priesthood was consecrated for their duties in the temple, it was called “the ram of consecration” (See Exo. 29:22-31, Lev. 8:22,29).
In the same manner, the ram was the time when the Medo-Persian kings issued decrees and gave an abundance of resources for the restoration and building up of Jerusalem and it’s temple. The Scripture tells us the temple was “builded, and finished it according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” (Ezra 6:14) Chief among the kings to supply resources in the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem was Artexerxes, the richest king in the line of Medo-Persian royals.
The reconsecration of the temple and it’s building would have been impossible had it not been for Medo-Persian kings. For this cause, the ram of consecration was employed as a symbol of this empire.

THE GOAT

“And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes…and ran into him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with bitterness against him, striking the ram and breaking his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him…”
(Daniel 8:5-7)

Gabriel tells us “the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.” Therefore, it was Alexander the great, who had been been given the kingdom by heaven’s High Priest from one night to another in Alexander’s dreams, as noted by the Jewish historian Josephus. “And touched not the ground”, signifying that it was by the divine permission of heaven that he should overthrow the Medo-Persian empire. Alexander, as a result of the treachery the Persian king did to attempt revolt and civil war within Grecia, had marched across the land, taking one land after another through yielding and through conquest until the whole world was under his command.
“Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.” And for this, Gabriel explains, “Now that being broken…four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.” (v. 22) The winds signify strife and war (Jer. 49:36), and when Alexander the great fell, great war began to take place for the kingdom, and it began to divide. Under Cassander, Ptolemy, Seleucus, and Lysimachus Grecia’s kingdom was confederately held together, but war did not cease from more than among the four kings. Neither was there any ceasing of the warring that took place.

A FIERCE LITTLE HORN

“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.”(Daniel 8:9)

There are many people who believe this refers to Antiochus IV Epiphanes, but for many reasons, this is not a sound conclusion. To see some of the reasons why, you can read our article here.
This little horn refers to a small kingdom which arose, and waxed strong. Now, bear in mind that we are taking leaps of hundreds of years at every beast. From the Medo-Persian empire to Grecia, we had two hundred years. The kingdom of Grecia, with it’s divided horns lasted two hundred years also. We are told that this little horn will arise, and advance into the south, east, and the pleasant land; and in that very order; in doing this, it will “wax exceedingly great”.
Upon examining the historical basis of it, the matter becomes incontrovertible. It is the Roman Empire which first came southward, Ptolemaic Egypt becoming protectorate in 168BC until it was finally annexed by the Roman Empire in 31BC. It grew eastward, overtaking the western Seleucid empire with it’s king Antiochus III in 188BC, exercising further dominance over the Antiochus IV Epiphanes’ reign, and then was forced by Pompey of the Roman Senate in 63BC to abolish it’s throne, making the Seleucid territory of Syria into a Roman province. Lastly, he entered into the glorious land of Jerusalem, first with the Roman-Jewish Treaty in 161BC but was solidified under the reign of Roman consul Pompey, who beseiged Jerusalem on the Sabbath in 65BC, slaying as many as 12,000 Jews, and instituting it’s high priest & governor.
“And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.”(Daniel 8:10)
This received a partial fulfillment when Rome was noted to “destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Dan. 8:26) in it’s bloodstained record of persecuting both Jew and Christian alike under it’s pagan rulership.
We are told that this little horn, representing Rome “magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” (Dan. 8:11) Who was the “Prince of the host”? It was the Prince of the host of heaven which was crucified; this is Christ Himself. During the reign of Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea in the reign of Tiberius Caesar, the Prince of the host was put to death “wounded for our transgressions; bruised for our iniquities…” when His soul was made “an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:5,10)
It was after this, that we see Rome surrounding the city of Jerusalem and the Sanctuary; called “the abomination of desolation”. When the sins of the Jews, who professed to be the chosen people of God, had surpassed divine remedy, the blessings they were crowned with were rapidly dissolved, being absorbed into the world, showing that the nation of the Jews, so long as they rejected the light of God’s truth, they held no distinctive favor with God anymore than the heathen who knew not the truth. When the Romans set their standards around the city, and entered into the sanctuary, it was a sign of how great the Jewish people had fallen by their rejection of Christ, and declaring “We have no king but Caesar!” (John 19:15)

THE LITTLE HORN WAXED UNTO HEAVEN

We may therefore well-establish that the little horn is the Roman power (And not Antiochus IV Epiphanes as many suppose). And as strongly applicable as this application of the little horn prophecy is, the pagan Roman persecution of the people of God, the crucifixion of Christ, and the overthrow of the Sanctuary is at best a secondary application to a more strikingly and definite fulfillment of these verses by the fiercely growing strength of the Roman power.
Eventually, the Christian church, “the mighty and holy people” called “the hosts and stars”, the leaders and assemblies of God’s people, began to compromise with the Roman power. Constantine, a Caesar of Rome, though he was formerly pagan, converted to Roman Christianity.
Through his influence, the church began to hold ecumenical councils to define orthodoxy by the majority. Yet Constantine offered so many advantages to Christians above others, that pagans walked into the churches unconverted and became the majority. As a result, the leadership of the church became corrupt. By this, in the truest sense, the Roman power began to wax great “even to the host of heaven.” The gospel was compromised for influence; the law of God was rejected and any likeness to their Jewish parent was contemned, while pagan doctrines quickly took root in the churches across the Roman Empire. The “venerable day of the sun”, Sunday, was honored, and the holy Sabbath was despised.
More and still more, the Roman Christian church converted the empire to Christianity; and those who remained pagan were persecuted. Their temples were forced to closure by Roman Christian emperors, and some were converted to temples of Roman Christian worship. Eventually, those who contended for “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3-4) were persecuted, and the little horn “cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.” The waxing greatness of Roman Christianity, with the hostilities of the Roman emperors, like the Christians of old who fled the city of Jerusalem when the armies of Rome surrounded it, fled to the mountainous regions of the alps to maintain the purity of true Christianity. Thus did Gabriel say of this little horn: “At the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have come to the full, a king of fierce counternance, and understanding hidden things shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” (Dan.. 8:23-24) It would rule by the power of the state, but not by it’s own power to overthrow the purposes of God.

A BLASPHEMOUS AUTHORITY

Soon the high priestly of the Roman rights of the empire, the Pontifex Maximus, were conferred upon the bishops in Rome in the late fourth century AD. Yet most startling was the assumption to power which was declared by the bishops in Rome as they began to teach that Christ had given them His own divine authority to exercise. With this teaching, the logical outgrowth was that it was their divine right to rule over the kings of the earth. This teaching, which developed in the late fifth century under Pope Gregory, is even advocated today by Papists. In an interview with Pope John Paul II, where the Pope answers questions directed to him, it was stated that “The leader of the Catholic church is defined by the faith as the Vicar of Jesus Christ (and is accepted as such by believers). The Pope is considered the man on earth who “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 3, 1994) By this the words of the prophecy of the little horn were fulfilled, “Yea, he magnified himself even to the Prince of the host…”
Thus were the apostle Paul’s words rapidly witnessed to be fulfilled: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the return of Christ] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
The little horn power came to Emperor Justinian, successor of Constantine, gave the seat of political authority in Rome over to the bishop of Rome (the Pope) when the kings of Europe had submitted to his professed authority. Thus, the true believers in Christ were put to death if they refused to submit themselves to the Pope of Rome. When the appeal from the faithful remnant of the church testified that they ought to keep the commandments in accordance with the gospel of Christ, it was urged that the Pope was “of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine law”. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts a vicegerent of God upon earth.” (Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. Papa. II, Vol. VI, p. 29)
When the little horn went from pagan to Papal, it indeed waxed unto heaven, claiming for itself the authority of Christ, and that of the Great Lawgiver, God the Father, Himself. And by claiming the authority to change the divine precepts of the law, the Papacy caused many to transgress the law, “for sin is transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) By changin the commandments, specifically in the transferance of Sabbath to Sunday.
It is by this means that we may definitely identify the little horn of Daniel 7 and the little horn when it waxes unto heaven in chapter 8 as the same power. Yet Daniel 8 gives more details to the desolating power.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SANCTUARY

We are told that when he “magnified himself unto the Prince of the host” that “the place of His Sanctuary was cast down.” (Daniel 8:11) We are told that Christ, the Prince of the host, has a Sanctuary which Scripture tells us is in heaven. It further tells us that He is our “High Priest”, “a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:1-2) This was not the earthly sanctuary which Moses pitched, according to an earthly Levitical priesthood “which serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, even as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: “See,” said He, “that You make all things according to the pattern shown to you in the Mount.” (Heb. 8:5) Moses pitched an earthly pattern of a heavenly sanctuary, made up of an earthly priesthood.
We are further told that this Sanctuary was where the throne of God is located. “A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.” (Jeremiah 17:12) And again, “The LORD hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” (Psalm 103:19) Thus, we find in the earthly priesthood a pattern of heavenly realities, and even more, it details distinctly the work of the Messiah. In this priesthood, sacrifices of lambs were daily slain every evening and every morning to shadow forth a great object of Christ, “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Daily, at the altar, the men of the home would present themselves at the tabernacle, where they would lay their hands upon the head of the lamb and confess the sins of himself and his family, and the lamb would then be slain. After this, the priest would take the blood from the victim and bring it into the sanctuary after cleansing himself from all of the marks of death and perform his ministry beyond the vail, out of view within the Sanctuary in one of the two rooms of the sanctuary; the first called “the holy place”, and the second, “the Most Holy” which was entered for a special work only at the end of every year in the most sacred chamber. This second room was where the throne of God and the law of God were enshrined, symbolic of the foundation of His government. This was to reveal the plan of redemption for mankind.
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”(Hebrews 9:11-12)
Christ did not die every evening and every morning for four thousand years before entering with His blood into the Holy place when He ascended. “For then must He have suffered often since the foundation of the world: but now once…he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.” (Heb. 9:26-28) In fact, for four thousand years, these sacrifices instuted by our heavenly High Priest Himself (Genesis 3:21) demonstrated the gospel, as the prophets foretold of the Messiah would would be “brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7) until the event foretold came to pass. Among the living, there was only to be one high priest ordained to officiate his office in the sanctuary. Likewise, Christ is the only High Priest in heaven and earth.
Christians are a people that are to be a people abiding in the risen Christ, by faith abiding “in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Eph.. 2:6) “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”(Hebrews 10:19-20)
By faith, Christians, though dwelling on earth, are to enter into the Sanctuary by faith with Christ, dead to sin, but alive to God. As the worshippers’ entered into the realization that the blood of the sacrifice for their sins was entering into the sanctuary, Christians are called to enter into the realization that, though invisible to mortal sight, Christ is our officiating High Priest in heaven.

CASTING DOWN THE SANCTUARY

But the Pope, as the little horn of Rome, was to cast aside all of this. The whole object of the Sanctuary was lost sight of; the law of the Sanctuary changed; the heavenly priesthood exchanged for an earthly priesthood. The Pope was given the honors as the Roman High Priest. He claimed to be given the authority that belonged to God alone; and to sit in the seat of Christ on the earth, vicariously representing His priestly and kingly authority.
Yet he changed the law of the Most Holy place; thus declaring that a mere man has authority to change the government of God, and to modify at will the precepts of His throne. Not only so, but also this priesthood has it’s own sanctuaries; it’s own confessional; the mass was instituted, which is a service which they claim Christ is physically and mysteriously present to be crucified afresh from one week to another by the authority of the priest. In changing the law for which Christ died, it made His sacrifice for that law void. And man began to look to an earthly priesthood, and began to know precious little about where Christ was after He ascended, and what His work was in heaven, let alone the existence of a Sanctuary in heaven.
Another gospel was presented, another sanctuary, and another priesthood, officiating before a god that was little better than Baal, sun god of the Phoenicians. By all this, the words were verily fulfilled “the place of His [Christ’s] Sanctuary was cast down.

A MAJORITY TAKE THEIR STAND WITH APOSTASY

“And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” (Daniel 8:12)

We have clearly demonstrated how the people of God were led either to death, to forsake the truth, or else emboldened to sin “for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6); and for this cause, as the Papal power waxed strong on the earth, this apostate church became in many minds the definition of orthodox and true Christianity. By this, the defenders of truth on the earth were few, and the dark ages came in under the deceptive disguise of reverance for God and Christ.
Just as the little horn prospered against the saints in Daniel 7:25 for “a time, times, and a dividing of time” until 1798, so this little horn of Daniel 8 enlarges upon that history more evidently.

“HOW LONG SHALL BE THE VISION?”

The pagan power of Medo-Persia symbolized by the Ram was sanctuary language. In like-manner, the goat was sanctuary language. Both were pagan powers symbolized by the sacrifices of the yearly services; then the little horn arose, first under a strong oppression towards God’s people, executing the sword upon the Lamb of God. Then surrounding the city of Jerusalem for apostasy, and entering into the sanctuary to cast it down. Then waxing to heaven under the Papal power strongly oppression God’s people. Surrounding the host of heaven, and as professing Christians, who enter into the heavenly sanctuary, they cast it down by casting truth down to the ground. Yet now comes the most critical point of the entire prophecy and one of the most important truths in all of Scripture.
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto the Wonderful Numberer which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”(Daniel 8:13-14)

These pagan powers were symbolic of the continual/daily powers that were conveyed in the vision in Sanctuary symbolism. The transgression of desolation is the Papal power with it’s war against heaven’s government. The question was asked to “the Wonderful Numberer” “how long shall be the vision”; how long shall the people of God be persecuted without ceasing from pagan and Papal powers? How long shall the Sanctuary lie desolate through the deception of false Christians? And then the Wonderful Numberer, who in Hebrew is also called “The Numberer of Secrets”, speaks to us a time prophecy which speaks of the “cleansing” of the Sanctuary after it, with it’s people, were trodden under feet of the Roman bishop.

THE BEGINNING OF THE VISION

The Numberer of Secrets reveals a secret which we ought to understand, and to know when it would be fulfilled. We are told that the vision was for 2300 prophetic days, which in prophecy equates to 2300 years. We know that the beginning of the vision began with the Medo-Persian empire, and which symbolized the restoration of the city of Jerusalem and it’s sanctuary. But Gabriel, who was commanded to make Daniel understand the vision had explained many vital points in regard to the vision. He said of the Papal oppression, “Behold, I will make you to know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed, the end shall be.” (Dan. 8:19)
This statement from Gabriel would lead many to conclude that he will tell you when the end of the world would be, but this is not what he says. He says that the the indignation, which was the oppression which manifested itself in the casting down of truth and the sanctuary, would be at it’s end. This event at “the time appointed” would be at the end of the 2300 years, and declared to be “the cleansing of the Sanctuary”; in this time, truth would be restored regarding the law of God, the gospel, the Sanctuary in heaven and it’s priesthood. It also signifies at the “time appointed” that Christ, as our High Priest, was to commence a special work in the Sanctuary called the justification or cleansing of it.
But before we can know the event, we need to find the definite time in which the vision began during the kingdom of Medo-Persia. As Gabriel was giving the understanding of the vision however, Daniel fainted, and said “I was astonished at the vision, but none understood.” (Dan. 8:27) Thus, the Angelic host was not able to accomplish his assigned mission toward Daniel in giving him understanding. Yet in the following chapter, Daniel has no vision, but Gabriel revisits Daniel to give understanding of the vision and additional details to the prophecy, including the exact year when the Lamb of God would be crucified, in keeping with the Sanctuary theme. In this, he also gives the point which is necessary to know when during the Medo-Persian empire the vision of the 2300 years would commence. “From the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem,” declared the Angelic messenger.
There were three decrees to restore Jerusalem; the first two under Cyrus and Darius were to rebuild the sanctuary that was thrown down because of the seige of Babylon because of the apostasy of God’s people. The third was a commandment to restore Jerusalem by Artexerxes in 457BC. To understand more regarding this prophecy and this starting point, you may read here.
The prophecy was to extend for 2300 years from 457BC, at the last legal decree was passed by the Medo-Persian king, symbolized under the Ram with two horns. This period’s expiration date leads us to 1844; a period which we have in previous articles seen twice before. In Daniel 4, we showed that the Southern kingdom of Judah was to go through a punishment of seven prophetic years, totalling 2520 years; this would expire in 1844, thus identifying a people who had kept in step with the light of truth, and were to be conferred with the honor of being the chosen people of God as the Jews were, and as the Jews ought to have been, had they walked in the light which God sent them. We further saw from Daniel 7 that a great judgment scene was opened up after 1798 in 1844 to judge the little horn, and a coronation event was underway, where Christ would receive the throne of David at the end of days. Now this period comes before us again a third time, demonstrating it’s unmistakeable importance from the divine Numberer of Secrets.
What great event is now underway in heaven, which began to took place in the cleansing/justification of the Sanctuary? Find out here, in our next article.

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STUDY 1/2: The Sure Word of Prophecy

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1) BY what means is all Scripture given ?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of Cod, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim. 3 : 16.

2) For what purpose ?
“That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works.” Verse 17.

3) To whom do the things revealed from the Scriptures belong ?
“The ‘secret things belong unto the Lord our God ; but those things which are
revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Deut. 29 :29.
That is, they belong to the human family.

4) What is the last book of the Bible called ?
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him.” Rev. I :I.

5) What are many saying about this book even today?
Isa. 29:11-12 “And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.”

6) What does the Bible say?
Rev. 22:10  “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”
Revelation was given as an unfolding prophecy that is being fulfilled. It was not to be sealed, but to be understood.

7) What is said of those who read or study this book ?
” Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things which are written therein.” Verse 3.

The book of Revelation, then, is not only designed to be understood, but a blessing is
pronounced upon those who read or study it. No one would expect to obtain
a blessing by reading a book he could not understand ; hence the implication
is that he who studies this book may understand it.

8) How were the Old Testament prophecies given ?
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man ; but holy men of God
spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 1 Peter 1: 21.

9) What is said of the interpretation of these prophecies ?
” Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation
[impulse].” Verse 20. The Peshito Syriac version renders this verse :
“No prophecy is an exposition of its own text.” The idea conveyed is that
the text in which the prophecy is found, does not explain itself ; but that one
must go to some other statement of the Holy Spirit for an explanation. No
one, unaided (relying on his own private judgment), is competent to give an
exposition of a prophecy. Its meaning should be sought elsewhere in the
word of God, ” comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” i Cor. 2 : 53.

10) When prophecy is to be fulfilled, what does God do?
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

11) In giving their prophetic utterances; what did the prophets seek ?
” Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls ; of which sal:*
vation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of
the grace that should come unto you.” I Peter i : 9, xo.

12) By whose spirit were they actuated ?
” Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them
did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory
that should follow.” Verse ii. Then all the prophecies of the Old Testament,
as well as those of the New, were dictated by .the Spirit of Christ,
and are therefore designed to be studied by Christians.
so.

13) How did Peter confirm his former preaching on the coming of
Christ?

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of
his majesty.” 2 Peter i : 16.

14) When did the apostle see the majesty (kingship) of Christ, and
hear the approbative words of God ?
” And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in
the holy mount.” Verse i8.

15) What other and more certain evidence did he have of the power
and coming of Christ ?
” We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take
heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawh, and the
day star arise in your hearts.” Verse 19.
The apostle assures his readers that you need not fear if you were not an eyewitness of that majesty, as though your soul would be without an anchor upon which to substantiate your faith. Rather he plainly declares you have the word more sure to you than if you saw it with your eyes, because the prophecy that God has given is absolute.

16) At the time when Jerusalem was to be destroyed, to what prophecy
did Christ point his disciples as a guide to their actions ?
” When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand).”
Matt. 24: 55

God does nothing new without revealing what He is doing from His word of prophecy to His servants. In the destruction of Jerusalem, not a single Christian perished because they understood the prophecy Christ gave, and fled to the mountains. Likewise, the same prophecies are given for our day so we might be instructed on how to act accordingly. God does not leave His children in the darkness.

17) When were all the prophecies in the book of Daniel to be understood?
“But thou, 0 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of
the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Dan.
12:4

NOTE. —Certainly it is that the study of prophecy should by no means be neglected.
This part of the word belongs to that which is said to be a lamp unto
our feet and a light unto our path. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
God gives his people, through the prophetic word, an opportunity to learn
what is coming on the earth, that they may know how to act when the predictions
shall come to pass. In view of this, whoever is overtaken unawares by
any calamity which the prophecies have pointed out, will be held guilty by
Him who so kindly reveals these things for our benefit.