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*** Has God appointed
the day of judgment?
“Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the
world in righteousness.” Acts 17:31.
*** To whom has this
event been made known?
“Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His
secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.
*** Where is the
announcement of the judgment made?“Saying
with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him;
for the hour of His judgment is come.” Rev. 14:7.
does the angel preach who makes this announcement?
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to
every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” Rev. 14:6.
*** By what is this
angel accompanied before his work is accomplished?
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is
fallen... And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If
any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his
forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of
God.” Rev. 14:8-10.
*** What will be the
effect of the united work of these three messages?
“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud
voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap: for
the time is come for thee to reap,. for the harvest of the earth is
ripe.” Rev. 14:15. (See Matt. 13:39.)
*** What takes place in
connection with the harvest?
“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One
sat like unto the Son of man, haying on His head a golden crown, and in
His hand a sharp sickle.” Rev. 14:14.
*** What was the
appearance of an angel seen by John, as recorded in chapter ten?
“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed
with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it
were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.” Rev. 10:1.
*** What did he hold in
“And he had in his hand a little book open.” Rev.10:2.
*** And what did the
“And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the
earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth.” Rev. 10:2, 3.
*** What was the burden
of this message?
“And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth forever and
ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth,
and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are
therein, that there should be time no longer.” Rev. 10:5, 6.
*** The book in the
hand of the angel, from which he proclaimed this time message, was said to
be “open.” When was the only sealed book of the Bible, that
contained definite time, to be opened?
“But thou, O 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.
*** What does the
prophet Daniel say about the judgment?
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down. I and the
Ancient of days did sit,... thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set,
and the books were opened.” Dan.7:9, 10.
*** What did Daniel see
the little horn (Roman Church) do after the judgment opened?
“I beheld then because of the voice of the great
words which the horn spake.” Dan. 7:11.
*** When did the angel
say this judgment work, called the cleansing of the sanctuary would
“And he said unto me, Unto two thousand three hundred days; then
shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Dan. 8:14.
*** What did John do
with the little book given him by the angel? And what effect did it have
“And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate
it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had
eaten it, my belly was bitter.” Rev. 10:10.
*** What was symbolized
by his eating the book?
“Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat
this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.” Eze. 3:1.
*** Were not the
disciples disappointed in their expectations concerning Christ’s work at
His first advent?
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him,
saying, Lord, will thou at
this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6. See also Luke 24:19-21.
disappointment of the disciples of Christ did not prove His mission false.
As He rode into Jerusalem amid the shouts of “Hosanna!” from the
delighted disciples, who supposed He would then take the throne of David
and commence His reign, the Pharisees asked Him to rebuke the disciples.
But Christ answered: “I tell you that, if these should hold their
peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). And why?
Because the prophecies relating to His earthly work had predicted this
entry into Jerusalem (Zech. 9:9), and it must be fulfilled, even should
the stones be caused to fulfill it. Then the Lord in this event suffered
His disciples to be disappointed; and yet they were fulfilling prophecy.
When Israel left Egypt, under the impression that they would in a few
days, at farthest, enter the promised land, they, too, were disappointed.
But that did not disprove the divine call of Moses, nor show that the
departure from Egypt was not ordered by God. In every great movement which
God has inaugurated among His people, He has suffered disappointment to
come, in order to test the faith of those engaged in it. It was so in the
cases of Elijah, Jonah, and others. And so it was in 1844. God suffered
His people to misapprehend the intent of the prophecy, and thus their
faith was tested. The disappointment was due, not to an error in locating
the beginning or the end of the 2300 days, but in the nature of the
event to occur at the end of those days. They supposed the cleansing
of the sanctuary meant the purifying of the earth by fire, at the coming
*** What did the lord
say should afterward be done?
“And He said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many
peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” Rev. 10:11.
*** What message was
immediately to follow the proclamation of the judgment?
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is
fallen.” Rev. 14:8. For explanation of this message, see the next
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