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Time of the End - 1843
School of the Prophets 2004
The Prophetic Pattern
Part one
The Three One Combination
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Noah and his three sons
Abraham and the three heavenly visitors
Job and his three friends
Christ and the three disciples at the Mount of
Transfiguration
Balaam’s three blessings followed by a fourth
Gideon and his three hundred
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire
with Christ
Daniel and the three worthies
The Three One Combination
Noah and his three sons
The Condition of the World:
For as in the days that were before the flood they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the
ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took
them all away; so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be. Matthew 24:38-39.
The Three One Combination
• Abraham and the three heavenly visitors
• Judgment:
• That be far from thee to do after this manner, to
slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the
righteous should be as the wicked, that be far
from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do
right? And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty
righteous within the city, then I will spare all the
place for their sakes. And the Lord went his way,
as soon as he had left communing with
Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Genesis 18:25, 26, 33.
The Three One Combination
• Job and his three friends
• Experience of God’s people:
• And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou
considered my servant Job, that there is none
like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth
Job fear God for nought? Job 1:8, 9.
The Three One Combination
• Christ and the three disciples at the Mount of
Transfiguration
• The second coming:
• And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James,
and John his brother, and bringeth them up into
an high mountain apart, And was transfigured
before them: and his face did shine as the sun,
and his raiment was white as the light. And,
behold, there appeared unto them Moses and
Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:1-3.
The Three One Combination
• Balaam’s three blessings followed by a fourth
• A blessing & cursing:
• Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt,
which covereth the face of the earth: come now,
curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to
overcome them, and drive them out. And God
said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them;
thou shalt not curse the people: for they are
blessed. Numbers 22:11-12.
The Three One Combination
• Gideon and his three hundred
• The righteousness of Christ:
• And the three companies blew the trumpets, and
brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their
left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands
to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the
Lord, and of Gideon. Judges 7:22.
The Three One Combination
• Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire with Christ
• How the Message is Carried:
• He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking
in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the
form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then
Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning
fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come
forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the
princes, governors, and captains, and the king's
counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men,
upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an
hair of their head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Daniel 3:25-27.
The Three One Combination
• Daniel and the three worthies
• The health message:
• But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would
not defile himself with the portion of the king's
meat, nor with the wine which he drank:
therefore he requested of the prince of the
eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel
1:8.
The Three One Combination
• Daniel and the three worthies
• Prayer:
• Then Daniel went to his house, and made the
thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
his companions: That they would desire mercies
of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that
Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the
rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the
secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.
Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel
2:17-18.
The Lessons
The condition of the world
Judgment
Experience of God’s people
The second coming
A blessing & cursing
The righteousness of Christ
How the Message is Carried
The health message
Prayer
The Lessons
The condition of the world: Corruption
Judgment: day of atonement
Experience of God’s people: Every earthly support
withdrawn
The second coming: Immanent
A blessing & cursing: day of decision
The righteousness of Christ: 144,000
How the Message is Carried: a day of severe crisis
The health message: the strength of the people
Prayer: the power of the people
The Lessons
The three angel’s message swell into the loud cry of the
fourth angel’s message in a time a great corruption, in
the final scenes of the day of atonement. At that time
period every earthly support withdrawn as the second
coming draws closer. These messages are either a
blessing or a cursing, depending on how we receive
them. Received correctly men will receive the
righteousness of Christ to clothe them. Thus clothed they
will proclaim the final message in a time of severe crisis,
and their adherence to the health message will provide
the physical strength necessary for that time, and their
adherence to prayer will provide them with the spiritual
power for that time.
The Messages have been Located
• “The proclamation of the first, second, and third
angels’ messages has been located by the word of
Inspiration. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. No
human authority has any more right to change the
location of these messages than to substitute the New
Testament for the Old.” Counsels to Writers and
Editors, 26–27.
• August 11, 1840
• 1842
• October 22, 1844
The Messages have an Order
• “The first and second messages were given in 1843 and 1844,
and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all
three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as
essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to
those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are
to sound the proclamation, showing their order, and the
application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s
message. There cannot be a third without the first and
second. These messages we are to give to the world in
publications, in discourses, showing in the line of prophetic
history the things that have been and the things that will
be.” Selected Messages, book 2, 104–105.
The Banner of the Third Angel
• “Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line. The more firmly
we stand under the banner of the third angel’s message, the
more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for
the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel.
• “The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy
Spirit through the consecrated servants of God, the deeper and
surer, even as the eternal throne, will appear the truths of
ancient prophecy; we shall be assured that men of God spake
as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Men must
themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to
understand the Spirit’s utterances through the prophets. These
messages were given, not for those that uttered the
prophecies, but for us who are living amid the scenes of their
fulfillment.” Selected Messages, book 2, 114.
Spiritual Darkness
• “He [William Miller] could see hypocrisy, darkness, and
death everywhere. His spirit was stirred within him. God
called him to leave his farm, as He called Elisha to leave his
oxen and the field of his labor to follow Elijah. With
trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the
mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down
through the prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With
every effort he gained strength. As John the Baptist heralded
the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His
coming, so William Miller and those who joined with him
proclaimed the second advent of the Son of God.” Early
Writings, 229–230.
Reform Message
• “Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by
William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the
spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. Like
John, the forerunner of Jesus, those who preached this solemn
message felt compelled to lay the ax at the root of the tree, and
call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Their
testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the
churches and manifest their real character. And as the solemn
warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded, many
who were united with the churches received the healing
message; they saw their backslidings, and with bitter tears of
repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled themselves
before God. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them, they
helped to sound the cry, ‘Fear God, and give glory to Him; for
the hour of His judgment is come.’” Early Writings, 233.
Revival Message
• “Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. From
city to city, from village to village, and into remote country
places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully
aroused. Fanaticism disappeared before this proclamation like
early frost before the rising sun. Believers saw their doubt and
perplexity removed, and hope and courage animated their
hearts. The work was free from those extremes which are ever
manifested when there is human excitement without the
controlling influence of the word and Spirit of God. It was
similar in character to those seasons of humiliation and
returning unto the Lord which among ancient Israel
followed messages of reproof from His servants. It bore the
characteristics that mark the work of God in every age. There
was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart,
confession of sin, and forsaking of the world. The Great
Controversy, 399–400.
Judgment Message
• “The prophecies present a succession of events
leading down to the opening of the judgment. This
is especially true of the book of Daniel. But that part
of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel
was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the
end.’ Not till we reach this time could a message
concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on
the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of
the end, says the prophet, ‘many shall run to and fro,
and knowledge shall be increased.’” The Great
Controversy, 355–356.
Disappointment
• “Like the first disciples, William Miller and his
associates did not, themselves, fully comprehend the
import of the message which they bore. Errors that
had been long established in the church prevented
them from arriving at a correct interpretation of an
important point in the prophecy. Therefore, though
they proclaimed the message which God had
committed to them to be given to the world, yet
through a misapprehension of its meaning they
suffered disappointment.” The Great Controversy.
351–352.
A Work of Restoration
• “I cannot too strongly urge all our church members,
all who are true missionaries, all who believe the
third angel’s message, all who turn away their feet
from the Sabbath, to consider the message of the
fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. The work of
beneficence enjoined in this chapter is the work
that God requires His people to do at this time. It
is a work of His own appointment. We are not left in
doubt as to where the message applies, and the time
of its marked fulfillment, for we read: ‘They that shall
be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt
raise up the foundations of many generations; and
thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The
restorer of paths to dwell in.’ Verse 12.
• “God’s memorial, the seventh-day Sabbath, the sign of His
work in creating the world, has been displaced by the man of
sin. God’s people have a special work to do in repairing the
breach that has been made in His law; and the nearer we
approach the end, the more urgent this work becomes. All who
love God will show that they bear His sign by keeping His
commandments. They are the restorers of paths to dwell in.
The Lord says: ‘If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath,
from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath
a delight, . . . then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I
will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.’
Verses 13, 14. Thus genuine medical missionary work is
bound up inseparably with the keeping of God’s
commandments, of which the Sabbath is especially mentioned,
since it is the great memorial of God’s creative work. Its
observance is bound up with the work of restoring the moral
image of God in man. This is the ministry which God’s
people are to carry forward at this time. This ministry, rightly
performed, will bring rich blessings to the church.”
Testimonies volume 6, 265–266.
Evils Creep In
• “Had Adventists, after the great disappoint-ment in 1844, held
fast their faith and followed on unitedly in the opening
providence of God, receiving the message of the third angel
and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming it to the world,
they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would
have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have
been completed, and Christ would have come ere this to
receive His people to their reward. But in the period of doubt
and uncertainty that followed the disappoint-ment, many
of the advent believers yielded their faith. . . . Thus the work
was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the
whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God
and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been
our history!” Evangelism, 695.
Fourth Repeats Second
• “Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he
descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light
which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried
mightily, with a strong voice, ‘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.’
Revelation 18:2. The message of the fall of Babylon, as
given by the second angel, is repeated, with the additional
mention of the corruptions which have been entering the
churches since 1844. The work of this angel comes in at the
right time to join in the last great work of the third angel’s
message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are
thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they
are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and
they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel’s message.”
The Faith I Live By, 335.
Messages Join
• “Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from heaven, and I
heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, ‘Come out
of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto
heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.’ This
message seemed to be an addition to the third message,
joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel’s
message in 1844. The glory of God rested upon the patient,
waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn
warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon and calling upon
God’s people to come out of her that they might escape her
fearful doom.” Early Writings, 277–278.
Cleansing Messages
• “When Jesus began His public ministry, He cleansed the
Temple from its sacrilegious profanation. Among the last acts
of His ministry was the second cleansing of the Temple. So in
the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls
are made to the churches. The second angel’s message is,
‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made
all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication’
Revelation 14:8. And in the loud cry of the third angel’s
message a voice is heard from heaven saying, ‘Come out of
her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto
heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities’ Revelation
18:4–5.” Selected Messages, book 2, 118.
Purifying Messages
• “God’s love for His church is infinite. His care over
His heritage is unceasing. He suffers no affliction to
come upon the church but such as is essential for her
purification, her present and eternal good. He will
purify His church even as He purified the temple at
the beginning and close of His ministry on earth. All
that He brings upon the church in test and trial comes
that His people may gain deeper piety and more
strength to carry the triumphs of the cross to all parts
of the world.” Testimonies volume 9, 228.
Ten Virgins
• “When the third angel’s message is preached as it
should be, power attends its proclamation, and it
becomes an abiding influence. It must be attended
with divine power, or it will accomplish nothing. I am
often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of
whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has
been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it
has a special application to this time, and, like the
third angel’s message, has been fulfilled and will
continue to be present truth till the close of time.”
Review and Herald, August 19, 1890.
The Power of the Spirit
• “The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third
message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of
world-wide extent and unwonted power is here brought to
view. The Advent movement of 1840–44 was a glorious
manifestation of the power of God; the first message was
carried to every missionary station in the world, and in this
country there was the greatest religious interest which has been
witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth
century; but these are to be far exceeded by the mighty
movement under the loud cry of the third message. The work
will be similar to that of the day of Pentecost.” Spirit of
Prophecy volume 4, 429.
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